By Jeff Louderback
Fraud is rampant inside and outside hospitals around the world regarding the COVID crisis. On Wednesday, a group of nurses who have seen blatant deceit with Covid reporting and glaring mistreatment of patients first-hand will tell their stories at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. at the first Global Frontline Nurses Summit.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by a press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court at 10:30 a.m.
Global Frontline Nurses was launched in 2020 by Erin Marie Olszewski, an Army combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a registered nurse who left her role at a Florida hospital last April to work at Elmhurst Hospital. Elmhurst is located in New York City and was known as the “epicenter of the epicenter” at the onset of the virus.
The nine nurses who will take the stage on Wednesday will share stories that detail stunning insight. Examples include hospital policies of placing COVID patients with people who were not infected, patients who tested negative for COVID multiple times but were labeled as COVID-confirmed and attached to a ventilator, and patients who were needlessly intubated.
Once they were placed on ventilators and given sedatives, many patients swiftly deteriorated, even though they did not have COVID when they arrived, Erin said about conditions at Elmhurst. Payouts of $13,000 per diagnosis and up to $39,000 per patient on a ventilator impact actions by hospitals, Erin said.
At the summit, Erin will be joined by Nicole Sirotek, BSN, RN, Nevada; Kristen Nagle, BSN, RHN, Ontario, Canada; Sarah Choujounian, RPN, Ontario, Canada; Alex Flett, BSN, RN, Massachusetts; Erin McDermott, BSN, HN-NC, Massachusetts; Catherine Story, BSN, RN, California; Brittney Porter, BSN, RN; and Olga (last name confidential), BSN, RN, Wisconsin.
These medical professionals have wide-ranging backgrounds and specialties in hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care settings. One is a Nurse Practitioner in a busy Emergency Room. They are unfolding corruption from all areas of healthcare.
There are dozens of medical professionals who have come forward about what is actually happening inside hospitals and other medical facilities but are afraid to attach their names for fear of losing their job and license.
“Nursing is the most trusted profession in the United States and around the world. We have nurses from every country contacting us and saying the same thing,” Kristen Nagle said. “We are calling out the corruption that is taking place. Silence is apathy, and we believe it is important that the public knows what is going on at these hospitals.”
Travel nurses are being paid between $10,000 to $15,000 per week to work in COVID hospitals and other nursing facilities, Erin explained.
“There is a financial incentive to remain quiet, but many of us have had enough. There is no price tag on a life lost due to money, power, or greed,” said Nicole Sirotek, who also served in New York City at the onset of Covid. “We created this event because the opportunity to voice our stories as a group is powerful and we believe it will open minds, inspire other nurses and medical professionals to stand up and speak out, and tell the truthful narrative of what is really happening.”
Erin’s book, “Undercover Epicenter Nurse: How Fraud, Negligence, and Greed Led to Unnecessary Deaths at Elmhurst Hospital” details her experiences behind the scenes at the medical facility, which eventually fired her because of her social media posts questioning actions and policies.
Through written accounts and proof obtained from video footage, the book uncovers everything from the unsanitary conditions, lack of standards, abuse, fraud, and negligence to the mismanagement, malpractice, corruption, and the lack of professional ethics that Erin saw at Elmhurst Hospital. After she was released from her position at Elmhurst, Erin finished the book and established the Global Frontline Nurses organization upon receiving messages from hundreds of nurses and medical professionals around the country and the world who had similar experiences.
“The problem they (hospital administrators, elected leaders, and other officials) encountered with the Covid scandal is that they never planned for the human element. Those out there unafraid to stand up in defense of the defenseless. Those out there determined to give a voice to the voiceless. Those out there willing to lay down their lives in order to protect future generations to come. Those out there who believe in doing what is right regardless of the consequences that may fall over them.
“They never expected us to rise,” Erin added. “And that was their biggest mistake because that is exactly what we are doing.”
For more information about the summit, the participating nurses, and the organization, visit www.globalfrontlinenurses.com.