Kaiser Threatened to Fire Nurses for Wearing Their Own Masks

Kaiser Threatened to Fire Nurses for Wearing Their Own Masks

NURSES AT KAISER Permanente hospitals and clinics in California could be fired immediately for wearing their own face masks, according to unions representing nurses at the facilities. The news comes after nurses were ordered to reuse disposable protective gear to save supplies in the face of shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United sent a flyer to members noting that Kaiser had threatened nurses with firing if they wear their own N95 masks, which offer a high level of protection from airborne contaminants, to work. “Kaiser has told nurses that if they’re seen wearing their personal N95 masks, they could be fired ‘on the spot’ for insubordination,” the flyer read. The unions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kaiser spokesperson Marc Brown said firing nurses for using their own N95 gear is not the company’s official policy. Asked if nurses would not be disciplined if they wear their own masks, Brown did not provide an answer.

via theintercept Kaiser Threatened to Fire Nurses for Wearing Their Own Masks

Nurses are reporting that hospitals want them wandering around without masks or PPE, and downgrading PPE rules, so that being exposed to Coronavirus infections without protection, is almost a guaranteed certainty.