In this News article from Fortune. Dr. Patricia Pittman Discusses nurse staffing in the time of COVID.
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In this News article from Battleboro Reformer, Dr. Patricia Pittman Discusses nurses' retention obstacles.
Millions of Americans are quitting their jobs, more than 7 million in July and August alone. People are walking away from work in restaurants, stores, warehouses, education, health care, and social assistance.
And while it may seem particular to the past 20 months, a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s actually just an example of employment cycles affected by boom and bust, said Dr. Patricia Pittman, the director of the Health Workforce Research Center at George Washington University.
For example, she said, during past recessions, such as in 2008 and in the late 1990s, health care professionals, such as nurses, remained in place because of job stability. But in boom years, nurses fled to other jobs with better pay and less stress. Read full article here.
Patricia Pittman professor and director of the Mullan Institute at George Washington University discusses reasons for nurses quitting the profession.
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Dr. Patricia Pittman, head of the Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University was interviewed by WGRZ Chanel 2 New commenting about the shortage of nurses. Watch the full interview here.
The demand for healthcare workers since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 exacerbated an already existing shortage of staff across the U.S.
Dr. Patricia Pittman commented on Bloomberg article: "There was a labor market disequilibrium, and employers had not yet addressed the issues driving nurses to want to retire or return to school,” said Patricia Pittman, director of the Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at George Washington University. “COVID factors were layered on top and made a bad situation worse.”
According to a tool created by the institute, 17% of counties in the U.S. with intensive-care units are in staffing crisis. Over the next 30 days, 392 counties will need crisis staffing and 166 counties need contingency staffing.
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