Kamala Harris called a nurse on Thanksgiving Day to thank her for fighting on the Covid front

Kamala Harris on Thursday called a registered nurse to Chicago to thank her for her work during the epidemic.

“I know it’s personal to you, and I know it takes mental and emotional, physical and spiritual energy and strength to give it to you, so thank you,” Harris heard in a video of Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses, Talisa Hardin. United (NNU), posted on Facebook.

Harris also called the call side.

Harris also reportedly spoke with Hardin about the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that could speed up the provision of more resources and supplies to medical personnel on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, Castillo said.

A NNU spokeswoman told CNN that the phone call lasted 15 minutes, during which Hardin talked more about her time as a nurse.

“Talisa [Hardin] he talked about how he and other nurses had to buy their own personal protective equipment because the hospital did not provide what they needed, ”NNU wrote in a statement to CNN. [Hardin] he said it was a disgrace because he would not send a soldier into battle without equipment. ”

Hardin’s mother and uncle both acquired Covid-19, and his uncle is currently in the hospital.

Hardin, who is a registered nurse at the Medical Center at the University of Chicago, previously testified in May to the House Oversight Committee on behalf of the medical center and a union called NNU, of which he is a member.
Talisa Hardin effectively testifies to the Housekeeping Committee for a briefing on May 21, 2020 "Heroes of the coronavirus crisis: protecting frontline and core workers in a pandemic."
“The percentage of patients tested who eventually show a positive result for the virus is very high, but our hospital management has consistently denied nurses in my unit the protection we need to avoid exposure and infection,” Hardin said in a written testimony. .

He said the medical center did not provide them with the necessary equipment – such as face shields and hospital clothes.

“As a nurse, it was deeply disappointing to listen to hospital lawyers, people with no experience in medical or nursing care, unwilling to listen to the health professionals working in their hospital. The leadership was consistently lenient and patronizing to our nurses,” Hardin said. .

Hardin said the lack of resources increased the risk of passing the virus to health care staff and their families. She sent her own daughter to live with her grandmother, meaning the two of them spent Mother’s Day separately.

“When I come home every day, I live in fear of the virus,” Hardin told Congress. “When I get home, I have to take off my bushes because the hospital doesn’t give us hospital shrubs. I’ll leave them outside in a plastic bag for a few days before I bring them in to wash.”

Douglas Emhoff, who will be married to Harris and become the first second gentleman, also spoke to Juan Anchondo, another registered nurse who works on the medical surgical floor in El Paso, Texas on Thanksgiving Day.

The nurses ’union also posted this video.