Healthcare facilities across the globe are facing the COVID-19’s effects on different fronts. Not only is it a challenge to accommodate the growing number of patients by the day, but it has also become a concern for hospitals and clinics to have a complete roster of healthcare professionals in their staff.
Recognising the increased workload of health care workers
Many frontliners in the healthcare industry have to deal with long hours throughout the day fitted with protective gear in performing their daily tasks. Because of this, many doctors, nurses, and technicians often deal with burnout from the stress of their workload. Adding the potential risk of infection, many workers have had to take this fear back into their homes with their loved ones. Although they’ve received applause and acclaim from netizens of their respective countries, it cannot be denied that the work is too much to handle with the limited staff available.
Understanding the supply and demand of medical practitioners
Millions of health care professionals are at risk of infection themselves due to the virus. Since they are the first and primary line of defence in handling the disease, their limited supply and increasing demand are issues that many countries are facing today. This has exposed a glaring problem concerning the management of healthcare personnel. For example, the US needed 95,900 doctors to supplement their need for health care professionals even before the pandemic hit.
Addressing taxing work conditions
Currently, the US is facing the issue of limited labour pools in California, Washington, and New York for health care workers where hospitals are reaching full capacity. As a result, staffs are forced to adjust to longer shifts to accommodate the influx of patients that need immediate and prolonged care.
Although this response is a band-aid solution to avoid needing more doctors and nurses, this also risks prolonged exposure to the disease. With the presence of more taxing work conditions, the problem of replacing sick or infected workers are now becoming a primary concern worldwide.
Initiating recruitment drives
Medical facilities have been working with healthcare staffing agencies to help alleviate the need for talents to ease the workload of hospitals across the globe. Recruitment drives initiated in New York, and England has helped in mobilising hospitals to connect with potential contractors.
Healthcare facilities need to be open in innovating their recruitment protocols by partnering with temporary staffing agencies that can help them address the need for fast and reliable screening processes in finding valid candidates. Because of this, recruiters have been developing vigorous marketing campaigns to build bonds between job vacancies and unemployed healthcare workers to reach greater audiences.
The growing need for essential workers in the healthcare industry has revealed that adequate policies are not set in the event to face a crisis of this calibre. Governments need to be quick in adapting to the needs of the times by partnering with independent recruitment agencies and healthcare facilities to make sure that workforce structures remain safe and productive for patients and doctors alike.
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