In echo of China, US medics silenced on coronavirus concerns


Some members of Washington State Nurse Associ­a­tion are receiving regular warnings from their employers that they could be disci­plined or fired if they talk to the media, Ruth Schubert, the nurse union’s commu­ni­ca­tion director, told Nikkei.

We have been very careful about not letting our members talk to the press because of exactly this fear — that they will be disci­plined or fired,” Schubert said.

However, the associ­a­tion recently launched a social media campaign, “#SilenceKills,” to encourage nurses to speak up.

While WSNA is doing every­thing we can as a union to push forward the concerns of our nurses, it is time to lift the fear of retal­i­a­tion and allow them to speak up about the very real concerns they are seeing in their hospi­tals,” Schubert said.


NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW: In echo of China, US medics silenced on coronavirus concerns (4/12/20)