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Arkansas Hospital Workers are Quitting Job Due to Delta Variant

Arkansas Hospital Health care workers are starting to walk off the job as instances of short staffing and burnout continue to increase in the state. Cam Patterson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said that many staff members have left their posts in the middle of shifts.

Few workers are considering retiring early as they struggle to cope with the demands that the coronavirus and its variants are placing on them. Patterson said that the teams are stretched thin. and People are frustrated. People are very tired. They are down a significant number of positions here because they just don’t have enough nurses that they can recruit to come here and help us to take care of patients.

Nearly 360 health care provider positions are currently vacant within UAMS. About 230 of those vacancies are for nurses. Patterson said that UAMS has offered to pay signing bonuses of up to $25,000, but even that has had little effect on nurses who say that their mental health and wellbeing has taken a toll.

Gardner told the news outlet that the coronavirus pandemic began just eight months into her nursing career, forcing her to learn the role quickly. According to Johns Hopkins, Arkansas Hospital has reported more than 394,400 coronavirus cases and about 6,230 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Less than 40% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated against the virus. Thompson also added that they will run about 300, 400 calls a day, and our transports are normally about 200. We’re running about 260 or more a day right now.

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