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LA County seeks to hire 200 more nurses amid nursing shortage

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County will add approximately 200 registered nurses (RNs) to the Department of Health Services to meet staffing standards as California grapples with nursing shortages.

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted on December 21 to approve a proposal to help county hospitals reach the state’s “nurse-to-patient ratio” — at least one nurse for every two patients. — for adult critical care units, according to the department’s December 21 letter to the board.

The board also approved adding approximately $11 million to the department’s budget for nurses’ pay and benefits in the current fiscal year, although the department did not specify how the additional funds would be used.

The department will reallocate approximately $9 million from its Enterprise Fund, a fund to provide grants for health care initiatives, instead to fund staffing costs and operational changes needed during the hiring process. For.

This comes as a 2020 study by Nightingale College estimated that by 2030, California will have a shortage of 44,500 registered nurses – the highest in the country by numbers.

The report lists burnout and low job satisfaction as one of the leading causes of nursing shortages.

Since the pandemic, 60 to 75 percent of healthcare workers reported symptoms of exhaustion, depression, sleep disorders and PTSD, while about 20 percent of healthcare workers quit their jobs because of the pandemic, according to National President Dr. Victor Dezou told. Medical Academy.

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Last month, four out of five healthcare workers who say staff shortages have affected their ability to work and meet patient needs, according to Dzau.

In addition, before the pandemic, physicians were two times more likely to have burns than the general population, Dzau said in a health webinar.

Professor Paul Clark, former director of Pennsylvania State University’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, said the current conditions make it difficult for RNs to work in hospitals.

“There always seems to be a shortage of nurses,” Clark told the Epoch Times in a previous interview. “But it is important to realize that there is no shortage of RNs. There is a lack of RNs willing to work under the conditions under which they have been asked to work.”

Last month, more than 30,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, California, planned to strike to protest the announcement of a 1 percent increase for workers and a 26 percent cut in wages for new workers; Kaiser Permanente eventually struck a deal with its employees that included annual pay increases and employee health benefits.

A spokesman for the Department of Health Services as well as a spokesman for the board of supervisors did not respond to requests for comment by press deadline.

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