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Travel nurses see swift change of fortunes as COVID money runs dry

As COVID hospitalization rates stabilize, at least for now, and federal and state COVID relief funding dries up, travel nurse contracts that were plentiful and lucrative are vanishing and hospitals nationwide are focused on recruiting full-time nurses.... Read more»

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States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as shortage grows

States are eying foreign-trained health professionals as part of a solution to two problems: the growing shortage of health care workers and the worse health outcomes experienced by minority and immigrant communities. ... Read more»

New Arizona program hires parents to care for their medically fragile children

Amid a nursing shortage, Arizona became the third state in the nation to allow people to be trained and hired by home health agencies as licensed health aides to care for family members under 21 who qualify for long-term, around-the-clock care. ... Read more»

Vaccine medical exemptions are rare. Thousands of nursing home workers have them.

With the COVID-19 pandemic now in its third year - and more than a year after vaccines became widely available in nursing homes - thousands of workers have found a way to avoid getting vaccinated by claiming questionable medical exemptions.... Read more»1

Nurse convicted of neglect and negligent homicide for fatal drug error

RaDonda Vaught, a former nurse criminally prosecuted for a fatal drug error in 2017, was convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide - and medical professionals across the country worry it could set a precedent of criminalizing medical mistakes.... Read more»

After nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases in Arizona, officials are 'cautiously optimistic'

A little more than six months after Arizona passed 1 million reported cases of COVID-19, the state is approaching 2 million - and although reported infections have slowed over the past few months, experts warn that the coronavirus that causes the disease is here to stay.... Read more»

As nurses quit, states seek to train more

For more than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed both the importance of nurses and strain on the workforce, and under pressure from short-staffed hospitals and burned-out nurses, lawmakers in several states recently passed bills designed to expand nursing schools.... Read more»

Missouri tried to fix its doctor shortage — now the fix may need fixing

Arizona and several other states have adopted licensing for assistant physicians - medical school graduates who have not yet completed residency training - to help ease gaps in primary health care, but nurse practitioners and medical groups are urging changes.... Read more»

Navy reinforcements help Valleywise Health amid health care worker shortage

Seven members of the Navy – five nurses, a respiratory technician and a doctor – have joined Valleywise Health Medical Center to support overburdened frontline health care workers, per a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ... Read more»

Retirements cut ranks of scarce frontline workers

As a shortage of frontline workers has vexed states and cities throughout the pandemic, workers who have a lot of contact with the public—such as police officers, nurses, school bus drivers and retail store workers—retired and left the workforce in high numbers last year.... Read more»

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»

Pandemic adds pressure on doctors, who already had one of the highest rates of suicide

Physicians have one of the highest rates of death by suicide, and the intensities and difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic have only increased the stressors that care providers are under. ... Read more»

Hospitals recruit international nurses to fill pandemic shortages

Hospitals across the U.S. are looking abroad to ease a shortage of nurses, worsened by the pandemic - the demand is so great that it’s created a backlog of health care professionals awaiting visa clearance with more than 5,000 international nurses awaiting final approval.... Read more»

Nursing homes bleed staff as Amazon lures low-wage workers with prime packages

The nursing home industry has long employed high school graduates to feed, bathe, toilet and tend to dependent and disabled seniors - but facilities that sit near Amazon’s colossal distribution centers are outgunned in the bidding war for employees.... Read more»

Laws shield hospitals from families who believe loved ones contracted COVID as patients

Throughout the pandemic, lawmakers from coast to coast have passed laws, declared emergency orders or activated state-of-emergency statutes that severely limited families’ ability to seek legal accountability on hospitals infection-control practices in COVID-related care.... Read more»

With too few nurses, it won’t take much to overwhelm hospitals this winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity and now they’re less prepared to manage an influx of patients this winter.... Read more»

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