I cannot stand that statement…yet it is spot on. I’ve been posting on this for some time, often feeling like Cassandra.
Healthcare staffing shortages are fast approaching crisis levels, with major implications for each of us.
As of last month, 27% reported critical shortages to the Health and Human Services Department…During crisis levels in the early phases of the pandemic, mortality rates spiked as hospitals rationed care. One-quarter of COVID-19 deaths between March and August 2020 were attributable to overstretched hospitals, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients with the most serious non-coronavirus illnesses suffered under the same conditions. [emphasis added]
HHS recommended that providers use the Sequential Organ Failure Assessments score, which evaluates organ function to determine patients’ likelihood of mortality if they were to receive treatments or beds. Those most likely to die go untreated and often are diverted to palliative care.
Terminal burnout is the main driver. Nurses and hospital staff have been dealing with entitled, arrogant, mean-spirited patients many of whom are unvaccinated for more than two years.
One of the drivers is the archaic, hidebound, and wildly incompetent way we license nurses. Full disclosure – a future family member and nursing school graduate has been waiting three months for their nursing license paperwork to come through.
This at a time when nursing shortages are forcing hospitals to close entire departments and shutter entire floors.
It doesn’t have to be this way; the licensing compact adopted by 35 states and Guam allows some nurses licensed in one state to practice in others – with limitations. Revamping the criteria and removing limitations would speed up the licensing process immeasurably.
But the licensing debacle is an effect, not a cause. The real cause is the unvaccinated who get COVID and spread and their enablers.
What does this mean for you?
Some people’s “freedoms” are killing others.