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State Nursing Association Petiton Questions Covid Nurse Safety in Bend

A petition that the Oregon Nursing Association says has been signed by more than 160 healthcare providers in the Bend area has been presented to executives at St. Charles Bend.  It accuses the facility with neglecting to provide adequate staffing - forcing nurses to work to the point of burnout - and asking staffers to return to work early from Covid quarantine.  It also claims the facility has asked medical personnel to re-use single-use masks beyond safety recommendations.  KBND spoke to St. Charles Bend C-O-O Iman Simmons last week, and she said preparations at St. Charles for a surge in Covid have been ongoing for months, and told us they don’t have any issues tied to staffing.

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