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Nurses in Missouri take proactive approach to preparing for Ebola

Date: October 15, 2014
By: Nicole Shaddy
State Capitol Bureau

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The Missouri Nurses Association is planning to conduct a survey of Missouri nurses to gauge how prepared they feel to fight Ebola.  
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Wrap: The survey comes after a national nurses organization complained about the training for nurses around the country to fight the virus.

Missouri Nurses Association CEO Jill Kliethermes said that this survey will specifically look at nurses on the state level in comparison to nurses around the country.

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Description: "We are actually getting ready to do a survey of our nurses just to kind of see how prepared they feel that they are in Missouri. I know some things have been done nationally but we want to focus on Missouri and see how prepared that our nurses here in the state feel."

Kliethermes said the Missouri Department of Health conducted a training on October 7 to prepare health providers around the state.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy. 

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The Missouri Nurses Association is preparing its members to fight Ebola after a Dallas nurse contracts the virus.
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Wrap: The Missouri Department of Health conducted a training on October 7 with over 100 health professionals to prepare them if Ebola were to spread to Missouri.

Missouri Nurses Association CEO Jill Kliethermes said this training is important for all health providers in the state.

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Description: "I think it's very important that we have inter-professional collaboration with our nursing teams, our physicians, other healthcare providers. Anyone who could possibly come into contact with an ebola patient and needs to be properly educated in order to stop the spread of this disease."

Kliethermes said the MNA is providing education to its members and will also conduct a study to gauge how prepared nurses in the state feel to deal with Ebola.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.

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The Missouri Nurses Association is educating their members about Ebola after a Dallas nurse contracts the virus.
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Wrap: Missouri Nurses Association CEO Jill Kliethermes said the case of the Dallas nurse is concerning, but the association is providing information and education to nurses so they can be prepared if the virus were to spread to Missouri.

Kliethermes said that this education is critically important for nurses in contact with Ebola.

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Description: "Nurses are often times the first point of triage when these patients come in and it's critically important they're asking the right questions and being educated, you know, if they've been traveling, if they've been in contact with anyone from West Africa and knowing the symptoms to look for."

The MNA will be conducting a study to gauge how prepared nurses in Missouri feel to fight the virus.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy.

  

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The Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency held an unpublicized Ebola training on October 7 for state healthcare providers.
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Wrap: The training included over 130 healthcare providers and other emergency responders around the state.

Missouri Nurses Association CEO Jill Kliethermes said the training included information and table-top simulations about preparation.

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Description: "We had multidisiplinary folks there from nurses, physicians, hospitals, local public health agencies, EMS, fire, law enforcement as well as coroners and medical examiners so we had a big cross-section of those folks who may be touched by an Ebola case."

Kliethermes said this training was the first step in trying to be proactive about the virus in Missouri.

The health department could not be reached for further comments on the training.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Nicole Shaddy. 


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