We here at Duffy Group, your healthcare executive recruiters, stand in awe of all those on the front lines of our current healthcare crisis – and celebrate their bravery and conviction. There aren’t enough balloons or posters or noisemakers to show the gratitude and respect their selfless acts deserve.
Ironically, in the midst of a pandemic, hospitals are losing revenue. 1.4 million health care workers lost their jobs in April, many of the losses from hospital personnel. The only patients coming to the hospital are COVID-19 patients and emergencies. Most of the so-called elective surgeries have been postponed or canceled.
The financial challenges resulting from the pandemic have necessitated staffing changes. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, also the second largest nurses’ union, suggests that individual hospitals could avoid workforce reduction by cross-training healthcare workers in areas of the hospital that are overloaded like the ER or ICU. Nurses are expected to wear many hats, in addition to what can be a grueling 12-hour shift. The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation convenes four employer-led workforce collaboratives including Healthcare and Hospitals. Each addresses holistic and scalable workforce solutions for the Greater Phoenix area. It will take prudence and creative leadership to sustain a healthy, thriving labor pool.
While we give our utmost gratitude to those who care for the most vulnerable among us, the imperatives for foresight and mindfulness at the executive level of healthcare could not be more timely.
Top healthcare management recruiters can help shine the light on talented executives skilled in managing through tough times while keeping the well-being of their workers and patients their top priority.
Duffy Group, your premier choice among healthcare executive recruiting firms, knows the sacrifice our front-line health care professionals make when they go to work each day. We are here to celebrate and support you and do all we can to alleviate the stressors this crisis has created. Healthcare recruiting is our expertise, and we are eager to partner with you on the road to recovery.
National Nurses Week is typically celebrated the second week in May. According to the ANA, “Because one week is not enough, ANA will celebrate nurses for the entire month of May! This will expand opportunities to recognize nurses’ contributions, promote self-care and professional development, educate our communities about what nurses do, and inspire future generations of the profession.” The World Health Organization has also declared it the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The American Nurses Foundation has created the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses to enable the public to support and thank nurses. To see how you can help, visit the ANA website, http://nationalnursesweek.org/.