Indispensable to New York City hospitals, health care workers from the Philippines died in shocking numbers last spring. Will things be different this winter?
Los programas de muchos países se han visto obstaculizados por la lentitud de las burocracias, la falta de enfermeros y la escasez del equipo indispensable.
Programs in many countries have been hampered by slow-moving bureaucracies, a lack of nurses and shortages of vital equipment.
“I am so disappointed and saddened that this happened,” a New York hospital executive wrote to his staff after workers who did not have priority cut the line for the vaccine.
Many primary care doctors, firefighters and others at risk of exposure are waiting to learn when they will get vaccinated.
“We’re worse off in some ways than we were in the beginning,” said one nurse about the lack of workers and resources at her New York hospital.
Hospitals around the country scrambled to administer the first shots after waiting months for the coronavirus vaccine.
Even as medical workers lined up for America’s first shots, many of them recalled nightmarish moments from the pandemic.
‘We were desperate.’ As nursing home employees received the first vaccinations on Monday, memories of the pandemic’s first wave left some overwhelmed with emotion.
Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at a Queens hospital, was the first person in the United States to be vaccinated. She wanted to “inspire people who look like me.”
Demand is rising for nurses who work on contract. It is a nomadic existence and, in a pandemic, a high-risk one. “I was totally unprepared for the reality,” one recalled.
The nurse’s employer, Salem Health, said the post showed “cavalier disregard for the seriousness of this pandemic.”
As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.
Doctors and nurses on the front lines are running on empty, under increasing duress as the pandemic surges and hospitals are overrun with patients.