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Survey of DC nurses shows deep concern over staff shortage

Survey of DC nurses shows deep concern over staff shortage

The District of Columbia Nurses Association’s latest survey reflects deep concern about staffing shortages, a situation that results every week.

The survey said that around 80% of nurses working in DC hospitals and medical centers have experienced staff shortage more than once a week.

It also shows that over 95% of those surveyed believe that this deficiency is a very significant problem in the workplace.

The main problems caused by this shortfall are the difficulty of retaining employees, the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of respect for wages and workers’ rights.

“They do not allow more than 16 hours, but if there have been cases, I have seen them, that we have a shortage of staff… suppose we work full night shifts but day shifts. There’s a shortage, and when they’re looking for employees, someone who comes in from officiating may be a night shift nurse,” said Erica Ventura Castellone, a nurse at MedStar Georgetown.

For him, the main risk with this shortage of personnel is the safety and health of the patients.

A report by the Maryland Hospital Association published in August also warned of a serious nursing shortage, saying that one in four nursing positions in hospitals are vacant. The Virginia Nurses Association also called the situation a crisis.

“My two biggest concerns are patient safety but also the well being of our nurses and our colleagues because there is burnout, people get tired and frustrated who sometimes work very long hours. [bajo] The demands and pressures of continuing to work in an environment where we have staff shortages,” Castellone said.

In a statement to our affiliate network NBC Washington, the District of Columbia Hospital Association acknowledged the shortfall, saying:

“Hospitals across the country are reporting shortage of nurses and DCs are the same. Hospitals in DC are implementing aggressive recruitment and retention strategies to ensure that nurses in need are with patients. Recruitment and retention initiatives include compensation analysis, recruitment bonuses, and other benefits. When local recruitment efforts are not sufficient to meet staffing needs, hospitals and other health care providers can use employment agencies to supplement existing staff and ensure that we provide care adequately. Ready everyone who walks through our door. Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of all our recruitment and staffing initiatives. DCHA and its member hospitals are active members of the Mayor’s Health Care Task Force Task Force and are collaborating to ensure the district has a source of nursing and allied health professionals to meet our health care needs.”

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