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Likelihood of a nursing draft with COVID19

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Out of curiosity, I was wondering if anyone thinks it would be likely that nurses would get drafted with the COVID19 pandemic we are facing as a nation?

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I remember back when nurses were allowed to refuse HIV-AIDS patients, before anyone ever had a clue about how it was transmitted. Then in later years it wasn't so easy to avoid people with that diagnosis, and anyway, as long as we practiced the usual hand-washing and glove usage, it ceased being such a biggie, not for the patients, but nursing-wise.

COVID 19 is an invisible enemy, and the # of healthcare professionals who die after catching it is scary. Heck even 'civilians' come into contact without knowing it, until ...

Tonight on the news I saw a front-lines nurse, crying, who quit nursing over the impossibility of knowing when or if exposure to "it" would result in her getting it. You could tell she was quite torn-up about quitting, because, I imagine, like most of us who find pride in being dedicated nurses. To feel the necessity to leave the nursing profession just shows how REALLY seriously everything about COVID 19 affects EVERYBODY, whether they become sick or not.

I don't know about a drafting of nurses, I mean, many are caught up in it anyway, regardless. I am just thankful I am too old to be considered for being drafted. At 70, I am "high risk", so I'm off the hook. If I was younger, I dunno.

I DO think nurses should get combat pay, drafted or not,  for the duration, for being "in the line of fire."

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There is some talk about "hazard duty pay" for nurses.

I am not on the front line as I'm not a critical care nurse, but volunteered to go to the "rule out Covid Unit". 

Right now nurses are stepping up and not being forced to care for these patients and the volunteer system is working quite well with plenty of staff.  I don't know what's going to happen in the future, but I dread the idea of making nurses go into this situation that don't want to go, or that have health issues, or are caring for people with health issues.  

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