Traveling hospital workers arriving at hospitals in North Texas, but more help is needed

Hundreds of more medical workers will head to North Texas next week to address the shortage of hospital staff.

Parkland said there are currently three COVID-19 wards as of Friday and they will likely need to be expanded as hospitalizations tend to rise.

Like all hospitals in the area, it does not have enough nurses or support staff.

Travel nurses fill this gap.

The increase in COVID-19 patient is not slowing as Parkland is about to open its fourth COVID unit.

Staff assistance is on the way, but officials said it is still not enough.

“It’s like every week we have to admit new patients. And, you know, it doesn’t seem to be over,” said walking nurse Nichole Dadzie.

The shortage of staff at Texas hospitals was fully exposed when the delta variant began to increase last month.

5,000 reinforcements are expected to be deployed across the state next week.

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Parkland and John Peter Smith Hospitals just received their first wave of nurses this week.

“It almost seemed to me that Calvary was coming. It was applauded when the staff got off the bus,” said Donna Richardson, head of nursing at Parkland.

Many of the support staff are experienced nurses who left the hospital job full time to do travel work.

“I was one of the nurses who opened a COVID unit and, you know, going in, I didn’t know what to expect. So, you know, doing it for a whole year without a break, it was kind of , you know, it’s a little stressful, ”Dadzie added.

Dadzie works for StaffDNA based in Plano.

The company helps connect nurses with hundreds of hospitals across the country.

Dadzie left her usual nursing job in Dallas after having twins to have a more flexible schedule.

He now has a 13-week contract at Baylor Medical in Irving.

“I’ve had several patients ask me, you know,‘ Nurse, can I take her? [a vaccine] now and be okay? o ‘Nurse, you know, I made a mistake in not taking her [a vaccine]”Dadzie said.

StaffDNA said, on average, their mobile nurses earn more than double the number of full-time hospital staff a week.

Many hospitals lose nurses strictly because they can make more money traveling. There is also exhaustion.

“There’s a huge shortage. And, you know, I’d say one of the reasons for me is, you know, burnt nurses are so burned out,” Dadzie said.

“We definitely need more staff. Overall, we’re going down about 500 nurses, so 34 is a little bit of help, but we need more,” Richardson said.

The pressure on the system is great.

Dadzie said being able to help people in need is what keeps her going.

“At the end of the day, I can see my family. I know, I’m grateful for that. So I want to be able to give these patients that opportunity as well. And if it’s for me, then So that makes me continue.” , said Dadzie.

The DFW Hospital Council predicts North Texas hospitals will get about 200 more workers next week.

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