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Chicago Nurse Imaris Vera has recently quit her job due to the safety of the nurses. Vera decided to express her frustration via Instagram saying:

I chose ๐“‚๐“Ž ๐“๐’พ๐’ป๐‘’ today… & my family members who have pre-existing conditions that wouldnโ€™t get a ventilator if they contracted #COVID19 from me. Plz DM me any telehealth jobs.โ€ I had a different idea in mind when I got to myย #ICUย this morning; I expected to see ALL OF OURย #NURSESย & STAFF wearingย #N95 masks but ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐™”๐™๐™ƒ๐™„๐™‰๐™‚ ๐™Š๐™‰… Each ICU room had โ€˜make-shiftโ€™ ante-rooms attached to them created with plastic tarp & massive amounts of tape… A charge Nurse was passing out single N95 masks to nurses with a brown paper bag for them to store their mask in which was to be in inside their plastic ante-rooms & to ๐™—๐™š ๐™ง๐™š-๐™ช๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š-๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ… I asked โ€œwell what if thereโ€™s possible contamination to that N95 mask..? What about my safetyโ€ My manager told me โ€œwell our staff safety is our main priority right now … if we get enough masks, we may consider having staff wear surgical masks in the weeks to come..โ€ I replied, โ€œBut itโ€™s Airborne… those surgical masks wonโ€™t protect us ..โ€ My manager then tells me โ€œ weโ€™ve kept up with the CDC & it is only when the COVID patient has any aerosol type treatments like a ventilator, nasal cannula, nebulizer etc thatโ€™s itโ€™s airborne..otherwise itโ€™s droplet ..โ€ I replied โ€œ& 90% of our patients are intubated, paralyzed, & positive for COVID.. people not even in the hospital environment are spreading it .. we have to assume everyone is infected..especially in the hospital environment, & ๐•Ÿ๐•  ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•– ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•–๐•ง๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐•™๐•’๐•ค ๐•’ ๐••๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ก๐•๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•’๐•ค๐•œ ๐• ๐•Ÿโ€ I then told her of nurses wearing a surgical droplet masks on their units & now intubated & fighting for their lives … Tears were streaming down my face & fog in my glasses at this point.. I thought to myself.. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด..? I asked one last time pleading with tears in my eyes.. โ€œCan I please just wear ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ“ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ค… I understand we have a shortage but I have my OWN โ€ My manager told me that they couldnโ€™t allow me to wear it. So I gave report, & left. America is NOT prepared & Nurses are NOT safe. Plz DM me any telehealth jobs.

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