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WSNA: Speak up for PPE, because #SilenceKills

The following is from the Washington State Nurses Association:


(April 3, 2020) — As nurses and health care providers, we should not be expected to face this pandemic without proper personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE),” says Adam Halvorsen, a regis­tered nurse in Washington state and WSNA board member. ​Now is the time to speak up, because #SilenceKills.”

Adam is a Marine who was deployed to Iraq and has worked as a firefighter and first responder, all roles where proper PPE helped keep him safe. Nurses like Adam on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 deserve to be safe, too.

Nurses and health care workers, speak out for patient safety. Speak out for your safety. Proper personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE) is essen­tial in the battle against COVID-19. Your voice matters.

Take a selfie with this #SilenceKills sign and send it to to show your support.

And for all others who support healthcare workers, here’s a sign for you to urge everyone to #StayHome and stay healthy.

The Washington State Nurses Association has more than 17,000 members and repre­sents the profes­sional inter­ests of more than 103,000 regis­tered nurses who live and work in Washington state. earn more at


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