Nurse Day is not a time to get rushed to the emergency room.
Dr. Jennifer Fossey, chief medical officer at the National Nurses United (NNU), told ABC News she is confident that the nurses day will be more about the health of the people of the US than it will be about any political agenda.
“There are so many people here, and the health and wellbeing of Americans is so much more important than the political agenda,” she said.
“The nurses day should be a celebration of all Americans, not just those who are political.”‘
We have to make sure that we protect people’The day has been marked by a variety of events, including a call for nurses to call for a boycott of Trump and a call to protect people who have been targeted.
“I think it is important for us to make that call for our fellow nurses and the public to make it clear to people that we have to protect our people,” Fosse said.
“It is our job to protect the people who are our neighbors, the people we work with, our friends and family.”
She also pointed out that nurses are not the only ones who have felt threatened by Trump’s rhetoric.
“In fact, this week we have had a nurse at our office who was assaulted by the president,” she told ABCNews.com.
“That’s a problem.”
She said the NNU has been working with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to try to identify the individuals who have harassed nurses and their families.
“We have a group of nurses who have a lot of friends who have died because of Trump,” FOSSE said.
But not everyone agrees with the tone of the protest.
The nurse’s union, the American Nurses Association, is not supporting the nurses protest.
In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for the ANA said the nurses union is against any type of protest, but it is up to the American people to make their own decision on how to respond to the recent events.
“Nurses Day is a day for nurses, and it is an important time to honor our commitment to protecting the lives and safety of our colleagues and the American public,” the statement said.
The protest is also likely to raise questions about how nurses will be compensated for the time they are away.
Nurses who have worked for a while will not be paid for the days they are not working, said Dr. Jill L. Davis, a nurse educator at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Davis told ABCnews.com that there is a possibility that the number of nurses and other health care professionals could be increased if the nurses’ strike continues.
“If the nurses and health care workers are going to be on strike, then nurses are going be on a strike,” she explained.
“If they are going away and going home, then health care providers will be out of work.
And that’s a real problem.”ABC News’ Anna Coughlin contributed to this report.