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October 15th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Dallas nurses say they felt abandoned, lied to

(CNN) – Unnamed registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, gave a shocking statement to the National Nurses United Union regarding the care of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola last week.

"There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system," the statement read. "The nurses strongly feel unsupported, unprepared, lied to, and deserted to handle the situation on their own."

The nurses allege that when Duncan came to the hospital the second time, under the suspicion that he may have Ebola, he "was left for several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present."

They also say there was no hands on training on the use of personal protective equipment for Ebola, no mandate for nurses to attend training.

And when a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolated isolation unit, the supervisor faced resistance.

Texas health resources responded to those claims in a statement, writing: "Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees."

American Nurses Association president Pam Cipriano joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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