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October 13th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Nurses advocate on Ebola in U.S.: Government failing to prep us for Ebola threat

(CNN) – The vice president of a nurses' advocacy group says lack of training on how to handle Ebola patients is "a disaster waiting to happen."

"We need standard, full protection for us, and for our patients. It's not enough that (the CDC) put out guidelines. It has to be fully enforced," said registered nurse Zenei Cortez, vice president of National Nurses United.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines on how to suit up when handling Ebola patients does at times conflict with reality. For example, the CDC suggests goggles or a face shield to guard against the disease, but in practice, many health care workers are completely covering their heads with protective material.

Nurses spend the most time with infected patients, says Cortez. "We are just asking that we be given the proper protective equipment, we be given the hands-on training and we be given the proper education so that we will be able to ask questions and get our fears and issues, our concerns addressed," she said.

For more of our interview with National Nurses United's Zenei Cortez, check out the video above.

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