It is her third metropolis in the course of the pandemic, however a journey nurse says she’s able to get to work to assist throughout Arizona’s newest coronavirus surge.
Veronica Rodriguez is a journey nurse, a extremely coveted useful resource in the course of the pandemic, and moved to Phoenix inside the previous week. She begins working at a Valley hospital on Monday.
“Simply right here to affix the workforce and assist,” Rodriguez stated. “They simply want one other set of arms and that is what I am right here to do.”
Rodriguez informed ABC15 she most just lately labored in Florida and, earlier than that, in New York in the course of the early levels of the COIVD-19 pandemic.
“It was unhappy,” she stated. “Lots of people died.”
Throughout Arizona’s present coronavirus surge, hospital methods across the state have stated staffing is among the many greatest challenges. With hotspots across the nation, there’s a restricted provide of journey nurses and different key healthcare staff who can come to Arizona.
“Staffing, as we have talked about earlier than, will proceed to be the largest problem that all of us face,” stated Banner Well being Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel throughout a media availability Wednesday.
Dr. Bessel famous Banner continues to be attempting to fill greater than 400 positions.
This week, the top of Tucson Medical Middle additionally expressed concern about further workers.
“Cash doesn’t repair this drawback,” stated Tucson Medical Middle CEO Judy Wealthy Friday, referencing cash the ability will obtain from the state to assist with staffing. “I want that I might use the $2 million to convey journey nurses in or pay for extra workers however…it is simply merely not accessible.”
Rodriguez is contracted via Aya Healthcare, which presently lists greater than 36,000 open positions throughout the nation, with many in Arizona
“My recruiter did ask me if I had any pals that might include me as a result of there’s such a necessity,” Rodriguez stated.
Rodriguez additionally informed ABC15 about a few of the hardest components of engaged on the frontline in the course of the pandemic.
“When somebody that is the identical age as me is just not doing effectively and I am the one which has to FaceTime their household with an iPad to allow them to say bye,” she stated. “That is onerous.”
Rodriguez stated along with her expertise coping with COVID-19 sufferers for months she is effectively geared up for what’s to return in Arizona.
“With all this COVID, I am used to it,” she stated. “So if I could be of service, then why not? I am a nurse, it is what we do. We care for individuals.”