Hospitals are working hard to recruit retired physicians and newly graduated students in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with staggering salaries.
The third wave of Covid-19 is attacking the United States, the number of patients with nCoV more than doubled compared to the previous month, causing overcrowding in medical facilities. Nurses increasingly exhausted with work. Stress is on the health system.
Robert Redfied, head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns: “I believe this December and the first two months of next year are the toughest times in the nation’s public health history. family “.
The governors of severely affected states such as Wisconsin and Nebraska have made it possible for retired nurses to return to work, by exempting their licenses and fees. The State of Iowa issues temporary and urgent licenses to nurses who have graduated but do not have a license. Some hospitals in Minnesota hold internships for nursing students in the winter to increase workforce. Before that, internships were usually held in the summer but were canceled by Covid-19 translation.
Tina Kvalheim, the nurse who runs the internship program at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, says 25 intern nurses are scheduled to take care of patients with Covid-19 for one to two months. The trainee’s duties are limited to simple tasks such as placing an IV line and catheterization.
Landon Brown, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa, a senior nurse student at Minnesota State University, recently joined the Mayo Clinic Medical System in Mankato. He is assigned to the pediatric surgery ward and can be in contact with a Covid-19 patient.
Brown’s determination to care for the sick intensified when his 90-year-old grandfather passed away from Covid-19.
“The medical staff are great at helping my family relieve the pressure. And it would be nice if I could do the same for another family,” he said.
The University of Iowa College of Nursing is working to roll out solutions for early graduates to join the anti-epidemic force. Anita Nicholson, vice principal of the bachelor program, said the school planned an internship for final year students earlier than usual and designed a program that allows them to practice under nurse supervision. Students do not take care of a Covid-19 patient directly, but will partially support the nurse’s work.
The Aspirus Healthcare Foundation in Wausau is touting an additional $ 15,000 for every nurse with over a year of experience agreeing to work for them. Hospitals are also urgently looking for mobile nurses who work short-term from state to state. The starting salary posted on the recruitment sites is up to $ 6,200 per week.
April Hansen, executive vice president of Aya Healthcare in San Diego, said there are now 31,000 positions that need a mobile nurse, more than double the number in the spring.
“Crazy!” Exclaimed Hansen. “It doesn’t matter if you are in rural or urban areas, working in minority health centers or academic medical research institutes, all institutions are increasing in demand at this time.” .
There is an increasing need for special nurses in intensive care and surgical units. Employers are willing to pay nurses who work short-term, 48 or 60 hours per week instead of the standard 36 hours.
The need to recruit doctors has also increased. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Association of Public Health, said he received many emails from around the country calling to work in the emergency room.
Several states are recording record increases in death tolls, including Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky in the central United States. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear likened the virus to “spreading like wildfire”.
Many facilities are sending Covid-19 patients home to make room for critically ill patients. Scheduled operations were delayed, and many patients without Covid-19 were relegated to the pediatric hospital.
The hospital system in Idaho is sending some Covid-19 patients home for self-healing, along with tablets, simple ventilators, blood pressure monitors, and oxygen monitors. Nurses monitor the progress of the patient’s health via tablets, along with reading key readings from the automatic oxygen meter.
Across the United States, hospitals are converting cafes, lounges, and even parking garages into treatment facilities. Some states are building field hospitals. However, that does not alleviate the shortage of personnel, especially in rural areas, where officials say many people are not complying with epidemic prevention measures.
Dr. Eli Perencevich, professor of epidemiology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa, said health workers are suffering from the repercussions of others refusing to wear masks.
“Those people, have pushed physicians into a fight where they are all torn apart, just because of their insane ideas of freedom,” he said.
New Covid-19 infections and deaths are on record in the US. As of December 4, nearly 15 million cases of Covid-19 infection, and more than 276,000 people, died.
Nguyen Ngoc (Follow AP)