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Emory Nurse 'Could Not Be More Proud' of Those Treating Ebola

The 15 nurses working eight-hour shifts to care for the two Americans who contracted Ebola in Africa are volunteers who have trained for 12 years.

Most people would go nowhere near a person diagnosed with Ebola — and there certainly has been plenty of criticism about the decision to transport two American medical missionaries who contracted the deadly disease in Africa to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.

But the team of nurses caring for the two Americans who contracted the deadly virus in Africa stepped up where others might shrink.

Dr. Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol are being treated by four physicians, 15 nurses, five chaplains and support stuff, Emory's chief nursing executive Susan Grant told NBC News on Friday. The nurses have trained for 12 years in the specialized care of the disease and are volunteering to work eight-hour shifts. Two of them even canceled their vacations, Grant said.

"From the day they committed to being nurses, they are very compassionate people, they see themselves as this is why they are here," Grant said. Grant said there is minimal concern about the staff becoming infected because "they have very strict guidelines that they follow ... I could not be more proud of what they're doing. It's inspiring to me."



— Kate Snow