DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – As the omicron COVID-19 variant increases in North Texas, hospitals are struggling to have adequate staff for patients.
The good news is that reinforcements are on the way.
The state now sends 1,000 itinerant nurses to North Texas.
“We just saw a lot of COVID patients arriving in the emergency room at a very rapid rate,” said staff nurse Mary Vitullo.
Vitullo isn’t comfortable sharing which hospital she works for, but she hears what other local staff nurses are going through as a director of the Texas Nurses Association.
“It certainly creates a lot of stress and anxiety, mainly because a lot of nurses face burnout and it’s not just nurses. It’s the entire continuum of health care, ”she said. “We have faced this pandemic together as one team. “
Since Monday, January 3, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and adult patients in intensive care have increased by almost 5% in the trauma zone of DFW.
The vast majority of patients are not vaccinated.
“Now we have a lot of our own employees,” said Stephen Love, president and CEO of DFW Hospital Council. I talk to hospitals and I can easily tell you that 10 to 15% of the staff go out daily for medical reasons.
“It’s (the influx of nurses) is going to help significantly,” Vitullo said. “We can provide more seamless care. “
However, she says she anticipates some initial hurdles they will have to overcome when it comes to day-to-day operations.
“If you come as a travel nurse, you are only there for a very short time. You may not know them as well and they will have to learn at a faster pace to be able to provide the care, ”she said.
Itinerant nurses are expected to arrive over the next few days to help fill staff shortages.
Almost all from out of state.