ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – According to the American Healthcare Association, nursing is hit harder than any other healthcare sector by labor shortages. The latest wave of the pandemic has left hospitals facing staff shortages and nurses feeling exhausted.
We spoke with one of the critical care nurses at Medical Center Hospital about a recent condition healthcare professionals experienced.
Sommer Straughter has been taking care of patients for over a decade and she says there’s always been a nursing shortage but it’s a nursing crisis right now. Straughter said more Covid-19 patients come to the hospital door, but the number of nurses treating a patient varies – putting her and hospital staff under daily pressure.
“I don’t know what long-term effects it will have on us or will on us but a lot of us are just hanging from a rope,” Straughter said.
Straughter had been in Maine for nearly a year and quickly returned after receiving a call about a much-needed nurse in 2019 when the pandemic first hit.
Straughter says: “Being a nurse isn’t a job, it’s who you are.
When asked why she is so dedicated to the field, Straughter shared with us her love for the patients she has cared for over the past 11 years and how it has been during this time. pandemic she couldn’t leave their side.
Straughter said: “The first wave of Covid had a lot of people dying alone, so if you weren’t there there was nobody, you had to be their family, you had to be someone they trusted.
Straughter asks the public that in this time of uncertainty, to be “kind to each other because you don’t know what your neighbor is dealing with or your nurse,” she also hopes that people will act. Take precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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