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Nurses at St. Rose Hospital say ER not ready for Ebola
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LAS VEGAS -- Two nurses at St. Rose Hospital say their emergency room isn't ready for Ebola. Management at the hospital tells 8 News NOW that is not true.

The nurses say they don't have the training and equipment to be ready in case an Ebola patient walks into the hospital.

Management says anyone on the front lines, who could be faced with an Ebola patient, has the resources they would need.

Both nurses wanted to remain anonymous.

“It's the scariest virus we will probably see for the first time in my life,” one nurse said. “It's definitely a threat.”

The nurses say the St. Rose Hospital where they work is not ready for Ebola and they're speaking out to fix that.

“We need to protect each other and protect the patient, protect the community,” one nurse said.

Hospital management says it is very prepared for a patient with the disease. Vice President Brian Brannman says anyone on the front lines who would deal with an Ebola patient has the resources they need.

These nurses say they work in the emergency room and don't have those resources.

They are concerned that there has not been enough training and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not being followed.

Brannman says all three St. Rose hospitals in the valley are ahead of CDC guidelines and training is being provided.

“I don't want to put anybody in a situation where I wouldn't be comfortable myself. They just need to trust the system and trust us,” Brannman said.

Another concern is protective equipment.

“If you're going to expose us to the potential of taking care of these patients, you have to give us the proper equipment,” one nurse said.

“I think that it is money, I think it's expensive to provide all that stuff but I think they should,” the second nurse said.

Brannman disputes the idea that the hospital does not want to pay for proper equipment.

“It's not an issue of money. We're not scrimping on batteries or suits. The stuff is not that expensive and so we're invested in the right stuff,” Brannman said.

8 News NOW asked for a look inside the emergency room and to see equipment available, but we were denied access. Brannman insists these hospitals can handle Ebola.

As for communication with staff, he admits that could be better.

“We absolutely understand that this just scares people to death,” Brannman said.

There was an Ebola scare at a St. Rose Hospital about two weeks ago. It was determined the patient did not have the virus.

Brannman says guidelines were followed, but now with newer guidelines and more information, he would have isolated the patient sooner, and moving forward, that should happen.

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