Hospital reinstates suspended Santa Monica nurses who demanded proper PPE to treat COVID-19 patients

At least 10 nurses are heading back to the COVID-19 ward this week after being suspended for demanding protective respirator masks, the National Nurses United union said Tuesday.

Their Southern California hospital has reinstated them and is now supplying the N95 masks to nurses working with infected patients.

RELATED: Stay up to date on all coronavirus-related information

The N95 mask filters out 95% of all airborne particles, including ones too tiny to be blocked by regular masks. But hospital administrators said they weren’t necessary and didn’t provide them, the nurses said.


• Protests underway in show of solidarity with suspended Santa Monica nurses amid coronavirus crisis

• Santa Monica nurses suspended for refusing COVID-19 care without N95 mask: report

• Three more nurses suspended for objecting to work without PPE during COVID-19 pandemic

• Are nurses getting safe masks? Some don't think so

Last week, Providence said in a statement that it had set up a system to disinfect and reprocess the masks, which are in huge demand amid global shortages.

Get breaking news alerts in the FOX 11 News app. Download for iOS or Android.