Nurses Stage National Protests for More Protective Equipment and Safer Working Conditions

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A nurse at Washington hospital center who survived COVID-19, protests demanding better Personal Protective Equipment outside MedStar's Washington Hospital Center on July 23, 2020, in Washington, DC.  ((Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images))

On August 5, thousands of nurses across the country staged protests to highlight the lack of personal protective equipment and other challenges they continue to face as front line workers in this pandemic. According to media reports, in California, 100 health care workers have been killed by Covid-19 and medical workers account for 20% of all infections in some states. Nurses are demanding that more be done to protect them. We'll hear about what how nurses are coping and what they need for a safer work environment.


Catherine Kennedy, secretary and co-president elect, California Nurses Association; Vice-President, National Nurses United; neonatal ICU nurse, Kaiser Roseville

Carmela Coyle, president and CEO, California Hospital Association