Nurses say they are at their breaking point and would love public support.
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The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is still waiting for a response to a letter sent six days ago calling on some rules to be tightened and others to be waived.
Hospitals are worried staffing levels won’t be able to keep up with demand as doctors, nurses and specialists such as respiratory therapists become exhausted or, worse, infected and sick themselves.
Apparently, Oregon is a good place to work as a nurse.
That’s the conclusion of WalletHub, which put Oregon on top in its 2020 rating. Washington state came in a close second. At the bottom of the list sat New York, where nurses have been overwhelmed during the pandemic.
Dr. Wesley Boyd, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, has spent years working with state programs that help doctors, nurses and other health care workers who have become addicted to opioids get back on their feet professionally.
Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles appear to have resolved their labor dispute with management.
They've reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, the Oregon Nurses Association announced. Its members will vote on the deal next week.
Oregon’s behavioral health workforce is “critical” to healthcare transformation but the numbers of those licensed last year was inadequate to meet the need for integrating physical and mental health, Oregon’s Healthcare Workforce Committee was told.