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Rebecca A. Eckland
Rebecca A. Eckland

Recent headlines in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly are reporting on an unfortunate outcome of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: workers in the nursing and allied health fields are leaving their positions due to fatigue, burnout, and being overwhelmed. In the early fall of 2021 after nearly two years of fighting the pandemic, the increase in COVID-19 cases became the final straw, leaving many vacant positions. 

In fact, shortages in nurses have plagued Northern Nevada for quite some time; but the ongoing pandemic is only making those shortages worse. “Nursing shortages have long plagued hospitals in Northern Nevada and beyond. But in the year and a half since COVID hit the U.S., the pandemic has stretched the nation’s nurses like never before, testing their skills and stamina as desperately ill patients with a poorly understood illness overwhelm emergency rooms,” writes author Kaleb Roedel. 

In a related article featuring local leaders in the medical field, Alan Garrett, President and CEO of Carson Tahoe Health commented on the fatigue that many in the industry are feeling. “When this most recent surge came to Northern Nevada, I think the general consensus was, ‘Really? We’re going to do this all over again?’ And people are tired—not just the workload from taking care of patients, just the burden of life is different. Lots of people couldn’t get away on vacation [and] there’s just fatigue around that….I don’t blame folks, but we’ve got a number of clinicians, nurses, and others, that are like, ‘I’m done; I don’t want to do this anymore.’”

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