Arkansas Nurses Needed as Post-Holiday COVID-19 Spike is Expected

December 29, 2020

Business

Arkansas Nurses Needed as Post-Holiday COVID-19 Spike is Expected

The Arkansas Department of Health is concerned that the state will see COVID-19 cases rise post-Christmas, similar to the spike seen last month after Thanksgiving.

  • State Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Dillaha says the biggest challenge for hospitals is staffing, and that there are simply not enough nurses and doctors to go around.
  • “Arkansas is competing with other states that also have a lot of COVID,” says Dillaha, “cases for nurses usually we recruit traveling nurses to Arkansas to fill the need for nursing in our state and we are struggling with that.” -KNWA/Fox 24

  • The state has also waived licensing requirements and fees in order to fast-track new nurses to the frontlines, leaving graduating nurses feeling mixed emotions.

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