PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) – COVID-19 has impacted just about every industry, and there are fears that the medical community, in particular, is weakening.
Doctors, nurses and many other allied health professionals receive important training to help them prepare for the inevitable emotional issues that are part of the job of caring for people in times of illness. However, month after month, caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients has a psychological impact on caregivers, especially those in hospital settings.
Most of the country has 30% vacancies in critical health-related jobs. The percentage is particularly high in nursing.
If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you know that nurses are the backbone of patient care.
The toll from the virus has been heavy on them, and those who remain are forced to do more as they take more changes in the face of the shortage.
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