COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and its effects are continuing throughout the world. Although it is waning in some countries, it is on the rise in others. The United States is grappling with it now, and it has not yet reached its peak here. Many communities are desperate for additional healthcare workers to help them meet the unique need for hospitalizations, including significant numbers who will require intensive care. Staffing agencies are here to help.
Access to Jobs
If you watch the news, you may hear representatives of hospitals, municipalities, or even states talking about the need for additional hospital personnel during this time. How do you find out exactly where these jobs are and apply? Hospitals are seeking nurses, doctors, infectious disease specialists, other clinicians, environmental service workers, patient access representatives, respiratory therapists, X-ray technicians, and others. Staffing agencies can help; we know where the needs are, and we can help you through the process.
Typically, applying for a position in another state can raise issues related to licensure. However, that issue has been addressed in many states during this pandemic. That’s making it easier for travel medical personnel to move from state to state, avoiding sometimes duplicative applications and screening. This means that, as COVID-19 spreads throughout the United States, people can apply for positions where the need is greatest.
Sending Workers to Safe Environments
COVID-19 is unlike anything hospitals have ever dealt with before, and resources are dwindling in many hospitals. Safety is paramount, and it is important for hospital leadership to heed suggestions of frontline staff about their needs for resources; at the same time, employees have to be mindful of regulations hospitals are required to follow. Staffing agencies know which hospitals have strong safety track records, and that’s an important factor.
There’s another factor when it comes to safety: healthcare providers may want to meet with leaders to discuss the importance of stress management and psychosocial support for the workforce. This helps with maintaining mental health, which is key in a time of crisis.
How to Prevent the Spread of the Virus
What about when you leave work? At work, you’re in close quarters, focused on providing care and helping people. When you leave work, it may be hard to make the transition to social distancing, but it’s important. Just as a reminder, the focus is to remain at least six feet apart from other people; that distance is important to stop the spread of the virus.
There are a few other important things to remember; you already know them, but they bear repeating. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, stay home when you’re sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and cover your cough or sneeze. These reminders are for everyone, and it’s helpful to share them with friends and family.
Fighting COVID-19 Together
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We take COVID-19 seriously, just as you do. If you’re seeking employment during this crisis, we can help. And when you’re looking for your next assignment, we can help with that, too. Call us at 310.436.3650.