Help When You Need It: Critical COVID Staffing Shortages

By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

The COVID-19 crisis has been characterized by shortages. First, personal protective equipment. Then, beds and healthcare resources. And now, staffing. As COVID-related hospitalizations spike nationwide and community spread escalates to dangerous levels, many hospitals are facing critical staffing shortages. If your facility is facing a dietitian staffing shortage, Dietitians On Demand can help.

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The Problem

Hospitals are getting hammered. COVID-19 cases are on the rise, as are hospitalization rates.1 To complicate matters, we are in the early months of flu season, which is bound to contribute to rising hospitalizations. Numerous hospital systems are also reporting higher acuity non-COVID patients due to delayed medical care during the Spring shutdown.2 Higher admissions, sicker patients.

The highly contagious nature of COVID-19 will soon take this bubbling pot to a boil. Community spread of COVID-19 is infecting or exposing healthcare workers left and right. Sick healers can’t come to work. So, when hospitals are overflowing and healthcare workers are down and out, who’s left to care for patients when they need it most?

“You can always add more beds. It’s much more difficult to add more workforce.”

-Alan Morgan, chief executive of the National Rural Health Association3

The Solution

Hospitals need solutions to staffing shortages…fast. Dietitians On Demand specializes in contract dietitian staffing coverage. We have staffed dietitians in 48 states, plus Washington D.C., and counting. On average, we can deploy a dietitian in five days.

Facilities in the Northeast relied on Dietitians On Demand during the first COVID-19 wave in the Spring. Our amazing nationwide network of dietitians lined up to help facilities during the initial escalation, and we stand ready now too.

Experts are predicting hospitalizations will spike even higher in the weeks after Thanksgiving.3 If cases are rising in your area, or your facility is already in the midst of staffing shortages, don’t wait. Whether a vacancy, surge-related staffing shortage, or even a two-week quarantine, we’ll send help. Submit a coverage request today.

Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC worked as a traveling dietitian for Dietitians On Demand for two years before joining the team as the corporate dietitian. In this role, she has championed the continuing education program to empower dietitians everywhere to achieve their professional goals.

Dietitians On Demand is a nationwide staffing and recruiting company for registered dietitians, specializing in short-term, temporary and permanent-hire positions in acute care, long term care and food service positions. We’re dedicated to dietitians and helping them enhance their practice and excel in the workplace. Check out our job openingsrequest your coverage, or visit our store today!


References
  1. COVID View Weekly Surveillance Summary. CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html. Updated November 13, 2020. Accessed November 19, 2020.
  2. Yong E. ‘No One is Listening to Us.’ The Atlantic. November 13, 2020. Accessed November 19, 2020. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/third-surge-breaking-healthcare-workers/617091/.
  3. Goldhill O. ‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges. November 19, 2020. Accessed November 19, 2020. https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/19/covid19-hospitals-in-half-the-states-facing-massive-staffing-shortage/.