Oklahoma’s nurse who helped saving lives in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing has said she felt “threatened” by the new administration’s rhetoric.
Erin Nurse, who worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Oklahoma City during the bombing, said she believed her job was threatened by President Donald Trump.
“I was a trained nurse and had never been in an emergency room before,” Nurse told The Hill.
The nurse, who has a master’s degree in health care management, said it was “awkward” to work in a hospital after a tragedy like the Oklahoma bombing.
“[The president] is constantly talking about how we’re doing the right thing,” Nurse said.
Nurse said she was also surprised by how quickly the Trump administration moved to enact policies that would hurt nurses.
She said she had already been warned by senior staffers not to talk about the bombing to patients and family members, and had been told not to speak to reporters, who are barred from the hospital.
Even after the bombing occurred, she said, she felt threatened.
On the day of the bombing on April 19, 2017, Nurse said she rushed to the hospital’s emergency room when she heard a loud explosion.
As she was getting checked out, she saw a man lying in the hallway.
Her colleague rushed to his aid, she told The Daily Beast.
After Nurse’s colleague arrived, she immediately called 911.
That’s when Nurse and another nurse rushed to her aid, with the other nurse telling the 911 dispatcher that she thought the man was “dead.”
Nurses assistant, Dr. Julie Tackett, and other hospital workers rushed to help, but the man died from his injuries the next day.
Before the bombing was officially declared an act of terrorism, the nurse had already received death threats, Nurse told the newspaper.
At the time, Nurse had not yet received a death threat, according to The Daily News.
Following the bombing incident, nurses at the hospital began to get death threats.
When asked about the death threats and the death of the man who saved her life, Nurse described her experience in the hospital as “heartbreaking.”
“To have people saying ‘don’t talk to me, don’t tell me what to do,'” she told the paper.
A spokeswoman for the NIH told The Washington Post in an email that the NIH was “aware of Nurse’s experience and has taken action to address it.
The NIH will continue to address these concerns as they become known.”
The NIH did not respond to a request for comment.