Getting COVID-19 at the workplace is a big fear among many professions, even more so in healthcare.
But it’s not stopping people from applying for nursing positions.
"I think the pandemic has actually pushed me more to want to be a nurse and it's kind of solidified the fact that I want to be a nurse,” said USI student nurse Lauren Meek. “Seeing how sick these patients are getting, and just seeing them improve and seeing them get better, it's very satisfying. And it's helped me in the end see that I really do want to be a nurse and this has made me stronger for it."
Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a drive-thru nurse hiring event on Thursday, Aug. 27, to help fill that need, caused by an increased workload during the pandemic.
"The pandemic itself has added some responsibilities and time to our nurses job duties,” said Laurel Weil, business development director at the hospital. “And so we're really taking this opportunity now to look at our nursing job field and have that grow."
And the demands on nurses are harder than ever, wearing N95 Masks all day and helping patients recover from COVID-19.
"They're really sick, so when they come to us, they're extremely weak,” Ray said. “So we get to see them from being extremely weak to however long they have to stay here to regain their strength."
Hospital officials say they need people willing to push through the tough but regarding toll of taking care of patients during a pandemic.
"Sometimes, when patients are experiencing what we are now and having some restricted visitation,” said Blake Bunner, CEO of Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital. “Maybe they've been in the accurate care hospital and now they're ready for some rehabilitation. They really need that encouragement and that empathy and that care that only great nurses can give."