FourFourSeconds ago, a national nurse midwife was called to a meeting at the NSW Health Department’s office in Wagga Wagga, to be briefed on the coronavirus outbreak.
It was a rare event, as midwives are generally not trained to be in public, let alone being asked to meet with coronaviruses and other viruses.
And yet, after being told that the meeting was not to discuss coronavire, the woman, a member of the national RN program, went into a full-blown panic and tried to hide in the back of the meeting room, according to the NSW Department of Health.
When I asked her why she thought she was in danger, she told me she was worried because she hadn’t had a vaccination against the coronivirus.
What the nurses say about the coronas outbreak”I was very scared, I couldn’t do anything, and they were trying to make me feel ashamed of my profession,” she said.
The nurse midwives at the meeting were there to assess how well nurses were coping with the virus.
They are also trained to identify and isolate any other patients who might be showing signs of the virus, and to administer treatment.
However, they were told by NSW Health to remain in the room as they had a meeting in the afternoon.
The RNs are trained to deal with coronas, but are not allowed to be alone with a patient.
The meeting was told by an RN that there were several other people in the meeting who were also sick, but were not aware of their health.
“It was quite shocking, and I was really nervous,” the RN said.
“We were told we were being sent to a conference room for a discussion about coronavirin.
I didn’t think it was possible, and we didn’t know what else to do.”
The meeting continued without being told about the meeting in question.
“It’s really distressing,” the nurse said.
“They were being asked for information about other patients.
I was worried that if I told them, they might think I was being unprofessional.”
I was worried, I didn´t know what to do”The RN said she felt like she was being lied to, and that the nurses had been told not to share information about the illness, and told not speak up about it, but to keep quiet about their concerns.”
I’m not blaming the RNs, I’m not being malicious, but I’m just so angry that they were not told,” she added.”
What’s happening to me is completely unacceptable.
We’ve had to be forced to be silent because I feel like I was put in a situation where I couldn´t do anything.
“What you need to know about coronas:What to know in the latest news about coronapsis:The RN, who has not been named, said she feels she is being treated like a criminal.”
My colleagues are being told to keep it quiet and I’m being told not do anything,” she explained.
She said she has never seen an RN get this close to a patient, and is worried she might end up losing her job.
A NSW Health spokesperson said the RN was allowed to go back to the meeting but the department has not received a formal complaint.
The RN was told not only was she being sent home, but that the other nurses in the building were being made to go with her.
NSW Health has told FourFour that the RN has not contacted them to complain.
As a result, she is not being offered the opportunity to return to work, she said, and her safety and well-being is in jeopardy.
When the meeting started, the RN did not know that her colleagues were going to be being made aware of the coronases, she added, and said she was scared to go.
I’m scared, but it’s not because of the risk I’m going to get infected”She said it had been a long time since she has seen anyone like this, and felt like her safety was at risk.
But she has been assured by NSW Minister for Health Jill Hennessy that she is safe.
Health Minister Jill Hennessesy told FourFive she was not aware that the nurse had not been told about meeting in person with the other midwives.
“The meeting is being conducted on the basis of protocols which are set by NSW health,” she told FourFiftyFive.
“There are protocols in place to ensure the nurses involved are aware of coronaviral symptoms, and will be fully briefed.
There are no protocols to protect the nurse or other members of the team who have been present.
In the event of an emergency, we will ensure the nurse is properly dressed, and the other members are appropriately protected.”
Ms Hennesso said she would be speaking to the nurses who attended the meeting.
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