As forecasted by countless scientific organizations and medical professionals, the cooler months, coupled with indoor holiday gatherings, is causing a surge of COVID-19 infections. Frontline workers are already exhausted and hospitals censuses are climbing with positive patients.
Nearly a year since this global crisis began, the United States is still struggling to get ahead and contain the spread. No longer isolated to a few major cities, the United States is septic. Local infections in large cities have spread to all 49 states, with rural, under-resourced towns hit the worst. The uptick in patient hospitalization and staffing shortages is a systemic problem.
With the number of hot spots growing quickly, it’s impossible for communities to support each other with this surge of COVID-19 infections. Whether it’s PPE for healthcare workers or shortages of healthcare workers themselves, resources are limited.
US COVID-19 Case Rate Reported to the CDC in the Last 7 Days, by State/Territory (cases per 100K)
[Last updated November 23, 2020] Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hospitals face limited resources, which translates to staffing shortages, questionable short-term solutions, and poor patient care. According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce report “the nursing workforce will be facing a shortfall of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals by 2020.” Folks, it is 2020 and we’re not in a great spot.
Did you know that nurses make up the largest portion of the clinical staff needed to run our nation’s healthcare infrastructure? Not only have we seen a steady decline of nursing school enrollments year over year, but Baby Boomers are retiring. The average age of the Boomer generation correlates with the “at risk” age bracket outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it’s no wonder why many have opted for an earlier and safer exit from the workforce.
It’s hard to explain the daily emotional and physical drain that healthcare professionals are facing during this new surge of COVID-19 infections. Hospitals have seen and will continue to see staff attrition and burnout. Healthcare professionals need time off after the recent months of being over worked and constantly stressed while fighting this pandemic. Unfortunately, time is something we don’t have, not for the staff and not for the virus.
Okay, this is a dark thought, but we’ve all seen the headlines. Frontline workers make up nearly 20% of the COVID-19 mortality statistics. As of September 2020, National Nurses United cites data that 1,718 deaths are attributed to medical professionals that contracted COVID-19 from patients.
Medical reasons aside, nurses and other healthcare professionals are forced to stay home from work due to the surge of COVID-19 infections in the same way many Americans are:
With extreme staffing shortages felt by hospitals across the county, it’s important that healthcare professionals are quickly and easily able to fill those positions. The faster help is able to apply and onboard, the faster we can get care to patients.
The need for travel healthcare professionals is very real and very present. Hospitals are struggling to fill shortages and treat the increasing number of patients. As a healthcare professional, you’re in the spotlight and the United States is center stage.
On behalf of everyone at Kamana, thank you to all the healthcare professionals that are working so hard to keep us, our families, and our friends safe from the latest surge of Covid-19 infections. Please keep your spirits high and continue to fill those critically needed positions across the U.S. We applaud you. ♥