COVID-Related Nursing Shortages Hit Hospitals Nationwide

December 3, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Recruitment & Volunteers

Last modified December 23, 2020

According to this article from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), nursing and other staffing shortages are sweeping the nation. At Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, the nurse-to-patient ratio went from its recommended 1:1 to 1:4, and Andrew Pavia, MD, chief of the pediatric infectious disease division at the University of Utah School of Medicine said it’s the same in his state.

Nurses have continued to answer the call, but people shouldn’t underestimate the effects on the profession, says April Hansen, RN, MSN, an executive vice president of workforce solutions and clinical services at staffing agency Aya Healthcare, based in San Diego, California.

“I am concerned about burnout and the mental health of the nurses and care providers working today who are living more loss and trauma in a week or month than they may have seen in their entire career. I don’t think we can underestimate the reality of turnover,” she says. Other healthcare workers are also facing widespread shortages, but nurses are at the forefront of direct patient care.

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