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Maryland seeks to increase nursing workforce amid nationwide shortages

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced steps to bolster Maryland’s nursing workforce Thursday as hospitals are once again handling hundreds of COVID-19 patients across the state.

The measures are aimed at “providing hospitals with maximum flexibility to mitigate staffing shortages.” They include allowing nurses with out-of-state licenses to provide care in Maryland and early graduation for nursing students.

Thursday’s announcement comes as some Maryland hospitals have had to postpone elective procedures.

TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury and TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford paused elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay beginning on Sept. 13

A nurse cares for a patient in the intensive care unit of Billings Clinic on Sept. 17.

TidalHealth cited a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the delta variant and a “significant shortage of nurses.”

“A number have decided to leave the profession over the past several months for a variety of reasons, and while TidalHealth is taking action to support appropriate nursing levels today, it is working with local nursing schools to increase the supply of newly trained nurses for the future,” the company said when it announced the pause on elective procedures.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service