- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Nurses are expressing concern about Rhode Island’s readiness for a potential outbreak of Ebola.

Donna Policastro, the head of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, told WPRO-AM on Friday the Department of Health has not put out a plan for how to handle suspected Ebola patients as they arrive in the emergency room.

She calls nurses “the first line of defense,” and she doesn’t know if they’re ready.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee told the station that Rhode Island has been working for months to get ready for Ebola, and while not perfect, he believes the state is leading the nation on preparedness.

The Department of Health did not immediately comment.

The United Nurses & Allied Professionals union plans to release a survey of its members Monday about the state’s Ebola preparedness.

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