Across North Texas, hospital workers are feeling the effects of nearly two years of COVID-19 care, and the omicron variant has only served to exacerbate staffing problems.
Parkland Hospital is set to host a two-day virtual hiring event from Tuesday through Wednesday.
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“The increase has affected our staffing conditions. We were already challenged with health care staff. We are missing some of these key employees in the front line,” said Stacy Dorsey, Parkland Health Vice President and Chief Workforce Officer. our numbers were up in the hospital, but we are also sick people. We also need to be creative about how we staff. “
Parkland is looking to hire for a number of positions.
“We have a significant amount of openings right now, so we’re looking to hire a large group of people – Allied health, including radiology, respiratory therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. So across health careers,” Dorsey said.
Months of COVID-19 care have begun to take a heavy toll on healthcare professionals.
“We see people retiring early. We see that people who may be frontline employees take the opportunity to be in roles where they can use their licenses and certifications, but perhaps not in the frontline to give themselves some relief. , ”Said Dorsey.
Traveling nurses have come in during the omicron rise to offer support, but Parkland is also looking to future staffing.
“We are not just looking at the long term today. We are also looking at how we can potentially bring in more support staff … and create career paths for people,” Dorsey said. “It’s something we’ll have to do more of over the next few years. We’ve increased the minimum level of pay.”