Calling in the National Guard,
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and other residential care facilities have lost roughly 380,000 workers. Facilities have been looking for ways to deal with these shortages and are finding help in interesting places.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York recently announced that they are planning to deploy the National Guard to help in the short term. Minnesota is also training National Guard members to fill their gap. While this may be a practical, short term answer, providers are pushing states to come up with long term solutions.
Recruitment and retention are big issues across the entire United States with many seeking alternatives. The University of Washington is embarking on a newly funded state program that matches their nursing students with local LTC facilities. The program helps fill staffing gaps while providing students with valuable, hands-on experience.
“These and other staffing solutions are being explored across the country. At SpecialtyRx, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to problem solve and share our insights with our clients, to help them achieve success,” stated SpecialtyRx Operations Specialist, Saba Ansari-Pharm.D.