Hospitals understaffed, workers over exhausted

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Many hospitals are facing an employee shortage due to a multitude of factors – one of which being the vaccine mandate after it received FDA approval.
“About 400 workers have walked off the job at Henry Ford Health System rather than take a required COVID-19 vaccine,” the Detroit-based hospital system told the Detroit News last week.
Employees leaving is causing the hospital to shut down portions of their buildings and deter patients to other hospitals if they are not in need of emergency care.
“The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital,” the New York hospital’s CEO Gerald Cayer said at a news conference Friday according to CBS News.
Among these hospital departments to stay open to all is the Emergency rooms, since they cannot legally turn anyone away they are stuck with an overflow of patients waiting in hallways and sometimes outside in order to be seen.
“The nation’s health care delivery systems are overwhelmed, and nurses are tired and frustrated as this persistent pandemic rages on with no end in sight. Nurses alone cannot solve this long-standing issue and it is not our burden to carry,” the American Nurse Association President Ernest Grant said in a statement to the New York Post.
Registered Emergency Room Nurse Janell Weston has been working in healthcare for 16 years now, currently residing in the Beaumont Trenton Hospital.
“I work in the ER so it is like a trickle down effect with the issues listed; our door is always open, so when the rooms upstairs are full, they stay with us in the ER. If there’s a room available but no nurse to staff that unit then we don’t get the room,” Weston said.
Many of these problems even go as far down to the Housekeeping staff and other hospital workers other than the healthcare staff.
“If there is a room available and no housekeeping to clean that room, we can’t get it, so the patient stays with us in the ER.” Weston said. “This causes major back ups in the ER, where we are overrun with high patient numbers and high acuity patients that would normally be admitted lingering in the ER for long periods of time.”
The emergency room is troubled by the task of deciding who deserves care first versus who can wait.
“When on the floor, they have patient ratios 1:2 in critical care and 1:4-5 in less critical areas. We can have 5 patients and even up to 7 at times,” Weston said. “We get patients based on having the next open room, so we can have 2-3 or even 4 critical care patients that when upstairs, they wouldn’t give you more than 2.”