September 29, 2022

Reinforcements to help exhausted hospital health care workers

Hospitals jammed with the highest number of COVID-19 patients on record are beginning to get some relief as the Ohio National Guard arrives and reinforcements of a different kind step up to the task.The National Guard sent 70 troops to UC Hospital to help out in several clinical and non-clinical roles. They add to the 20 already there to help with the testing efforts.The troops are needed because of the high number of COVID-19 patients and the high number of staff out because of COVID-related issues.There are also other efforts to reinforce hospital health care workers.”Our teams are doing a great job, but our teams are tired. It’s been a tough couple of years,” said vice president and chief nursing officer for the Good Samaritan region at TriHealth.TriHealth has a program called Helping Hands that puts more nursing staff in the hospital.”We’ve reached out to these other areas which could be our physician practices or anyone that’s not working at the bedside that can come in and help,” Macy said. “We can use these resources anywhere because it’s going to help in all of our units.”So far, about 100 nurses have stepped up to help out.St. Elizabeth has a similar program that recruits nurses from outside the hospital to help relieve the pressure of the staffing situation. “If there are opportunities for folks who do not have front-line patient care jobs, if there are opportunities for them to volunteer and help, we’re asking them to do that at this point,” said St. Elizabeth COVID Dr. Jim Horn.

Hospitals jammed with the highest number of COVID-19 patients on record are beginning to get some relief as the Ohio National Guard arrives and reinforcements of a different kind step up to the task.

The National Guard sent 70 troops to UC Hospital to help out in several clinical and non-clinical roles. They add to the 20 already there to help with the testing efforts.

The troops are needed because of the high number of COVID-19 patients and the high number of staff out because of COVID-related issues.

There are also other efforts to reinforce hospital health care workers.

“Our teams are doing a great job, but our teams are tired. It’s been a tough couple of years,” said vice president and chief nursing officer for the Good Samaritan region at TriHealth.

TriHealth has a program called Helping Hands that puts more nursing staff in the hospital.

“We’ve reached out to these other areas which could be our physician practices or anyone that’s not working at the bedside that can come in and help,” Macy said. “We can use these resources anywhere because it’s going to help in all of our units.”

So far, about 100 nurses have stepped up to help out.

St. Elizabeth has a similar program that recruits nurses from outside the hospital to help relieve the pressure of the staffing situation.

“If there are opportunities for folks who do not have front-line patient care jobs, if there are opportunities for them to volunteer and help, we’re asking them to do that at this point,” said St. Elizabeth COVID Dr. Jim Horn.

https://www.wlwt.com/article/reinforcements-to-help-exhausted-hospital-health-care-workers/38875189