Ministers have been told to “urgently prioritise” the delivery of more personal protective equipment (PPE) to nurses treating coronavirus patients.
Royal College of Nursing (RCH) Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said it is “unconscionable” that some staff are still working without the appropriate items.
She said there is evidence of staff in hospices and care homes asking for donations of gloves, goggles and aprons.
Ms Fyffe said: “This situation simply cannot continue.”
It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said about 34 million items of PPE have been delivered to hospitals across Scotland in the last four to six weeks.
In addition to this, eight million items are being sent to staff working in the primary care and social care sectors this week, she said.
Ms Fyffe said: “Our members are telling us that they simply are not getting the PPE they need and there is evidence of hospices and care homes asking for donations of gloves, goggles and aprons.
“I am calling on the Government to urgently prioritise the flow of equipment, which they say is available, to ensure every single member of the nursing profession is safe to go to work.
“Every minute we wait is a minute too long. All staff, no matter where they work, must feel safe.”
The union has already raised concerns in a letter to Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
Ms Fyffe insisted: “It is unconscionable that front-line nursing staff working in the community, care homes and hospices are still inadequately protected to carry out their work safely.”
Earlier, the First Minister told MSPs Scotland had “reasonably good supplies of all key items” of PPE at this stage.
She added: “There is an absolutely fundamental principle at stake here and it is one that I, the Health Secretary and the entire Government takes extremely seriously.
“Given everything that health and care workers are doing to protect us right now, we must do everything we can to protect them.”