Barrtlett Regional Hospital to receive back up through state program

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Bartlett regional is requesting that nurses be sent to the hospital from the state. the request follows the recent move by the state to contract hundreds of short-term health care workers to provide relief to hospitals that are reaching or at capacity.

    Bartlett Chief Nursing Officer, Kim McDowell, says they requested nine nurses.

    She was notified Thursday that they are receiving five nurses, the nurses are currently being oriented to work on the floor by Monday.

    Mcdowell spoke on the request.

    "Part of our requests was for a couple of our nurses, some surgical techs, and some CNAs and so we are waiting to hear when those are coming, my understanding from the state is, They prepared us that people would be coming in waves," said McDowell "And so as some get here what you know like we were lucky enough to get the five med Surg nurses sooner than later. And then the other ones would come in like in waves as they get them onboarded through Anchorage."

    She was asked what relief this will bring to the hospital.

    "It's gonna be a huge relief for our staff that's already exhausted, working short with high patient ratios. This will really help even out the patient ratios to nurse ratio, a lot and so go back to kind of normal operations, as opposed to kind of this heightened emergency status we've kind of been in with, you know, Having a high patient census with low staff," said McDowell.



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