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In SCCM's webcast “Best Practices for Managing Staff Shortages,” a multiprofessional panel of experts discussed how staffing challenges arise in overwhelmed healthcare systems and how they have managed staff shortages.
The sun was shining as Nancy Blake, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, NHDP-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, stood outside Harbor UCLA Medical Center in December 2020, a stark contrast to the reality just inside the building, where a surge of patients with COVID-19 overflowed the intensive care unit (ICU) and spread into the emergency department. Los Angeles Country—the most populous county in the United States—had no available ICU beds.
Dr. Blake, the center’s chief operating nurse, was standing outside for an interview with CNN. Members of the nursing team, like many healthcare professionals, had been dealing with COVID-19 for 10 months, and Dr. Blake’s goal was to deliver a message on behalf of her team: They were tired. “It’s a disaster right now for our staff,” Dr. Blake told CNN’s Sara Sidner. “Their patients are dying. There are no family members [allowed in patient rooms], so they’re holding that patient’s hand or they’re on the other side of an iPad where the family is crying. “I am a glass half-full kind of person. My glass is empty right now.”1
Dr. Blake recounted that interview recently during the webcast Best Practices for Managing Staff Shortages, hosted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A multiprofessional panel of experts discussed how staffing challenges arise in overwhelmed healthcare systems and how they have managed staff shortages.
The panel included Dr. Blake, who is now the chief nursing officer at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center, in addition to:
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