Kamala Harris called a registered nurse in Chicago on Thursday to thank her for her work throughout the pandemic.

“I do know it is private for you, and I do know that it requires psychological and emotional and bodily and religious vitality and energy that you simply give to it, so thank you,” Harris will be heard telling Talisa Hardin in a video Bonnie Castillo, govt director of Nationwide Nurses United (NNU), posted to Fb.

Harris posted her facet of the name as properly.

Harris reportedly additionally spoke to Hardin about the Protection Manufacturing Act, a 1950 legislation that would expedite the strategy of giving extra sources and provides to medical workers on the entrance traces of the Covid-19 pandemic, Castillo mentioned.

A NNU consultant informed MeSlop that the cellphone name lasted 15 minutes, throughout which Hardin spoke extra about her time as a nurse.

“Talisa [Hardin] talked about how she and different nurses had to purchase their very own PPE as a result of the hospital did not present what they wanted,” NNU wrote in a assertion to MeSlop. “And Talisa [Hardin] mentioned how this was disgraceful since you would not ship a soldier into battle with out gear.”

Hardin’s mom and uncle have each contracted Covid-19, with her uncle at the moment in the hospital.

Hardin, who’s a registered nurse at the College of Chicago Medical Heart, beforehand testified to the Home Oversight Committee in Might on behalf of the medical heart and NNU, the union that she’s a a part of.
“The share of sufferers underneath investigation who ultimately take a look at constructive for the virus could be very excessive, however our hospital administration has persistently refused to give nurses in my unit the protections that we want to keep away from publicity and an infection,” Hardin mentioned, in accordance to written testimony.

She mentioned that the medical heart failed to give them the mandatory tools they wanted –like face shields and hospital robes.

“As a nurse, it was deeply disappointing to hear to hospital attorneys, individuals who have zero expertise with medical or nursing care, refuse to hear to well being care professionals of their hospital. Administration was persistently condescending and patronizing to our nurses,” Hardin mentioned.

Hardin says that the lack of sources has heightened the threat of transmitting the virus to medical workers and their households. She despatched her personal daughter away to stay with her grandmother, which means that the two spent Mom’s Day aside.

“After I come residence daily, I stay in concern of contracting the virus,” Hardin informed Congress. “After I get residence, I’ve to take off my scrubs, as a result of the hospital will not give us hospital scrubs. I depart them exterior in a plastic bag for a few days earlier than I deliver them in to wash them.”

Douglas Emhoff, who’s married to Harris, and set to turn out to be the first second gentleman, additionally spoke with Juan Anchondo, one other registered nurse, who works in a medical surgical flooring in El Paso, Texas, on Thanksgiving Day.

The nurses’ union posted that video as properly.