US Department of Defense: Veterans in Medical, Emergency Fields Sought for Oral History Collection

US Department of Defense: Veterans in Medical, Emergency Fields Sought for Oral History Collection. “It has often focused on the experiences of veterans in war, including Medal of Honor recipients and many who made the ultimate sacrifice. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now looking to highlight stories from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service — officers defined as veterans when they’ve completed their service — as well as Armed Forces service members who were deployed to natural disasters, national emergencies and public health crises.”

The Olive Press: Madrid hospital worker masterminded database fraud to register ‘anti-vaxxers’ in Spain for Covid-19 certificates

The Olive Press: Madrid hospital worker masterminded database fraud to register ‘anti-vaxxers’ in Spain for Covid-19 certificates. “The Prensa Iberica newspaper group has discovered that the man worked as a nursing assistant at the La Paz General Hospital in Madrid. He’s accused of making over €200,000 for accessing the National Vaccination database to get hundreds of people registered for receiving Covid-19 vaccines despite not getting them because of their ‘anti-vax’ stance.”

ProPublica: Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.

ProPublica: Vaccine Medical Exemptions Are Rare. Thousands of Nursing Home Workers Have Them.. “Although few reasons exist for claiming a medical exemption, nearly 20,000 nursing home workers nationwide, or about 1 in 100, have obtained them, according to a ProPublica analysis of federal data. That rate is three times that of nursing home residents, a notably vulnerable group, who didn’t get the vaccine for medical reasons.”

The Guardian: Mandatory Covid jabs dropped for NHS staff in England from mid-March

The Guardian: Mandatory Covid jabs dropped for NHS staff in England from mid-March. “Mandatory Covid-19 jabs for health and social care workers in England will be scrapped on 15 March, Sajid Javid has said, as he confirmed staff will no longer be required by law to get vaccinated. The rules came into force for care home staff in November, and had been due to be introduced for frontline NHS and wider social care staff in regulated settings from 1 April.”

Route Fifty: Travel Nurses Saw a Pay Increase During the Pandemic. They Could Lose Those Benefits

Route Fifty: Travel Nurses Saw a Pay Increase During the Pandemic. They Could Lose Those Benefits. “In the last few months, several groups, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and 200 members of Congress, have called for an investigation into claims that agencies that place travel nurses around the country have been ‘price gouging’ hospitals in need of staff.”

New York Times: How New York City’s Hospitals Withstood the Omicron Surge

New York Times: How New York City’s Hospitals Withstood the Omicron Surge. “More than 60,000 New York City residents tested positive for the coronavirus in a single day. Testing lines stretched for hours, and a quarantine hotel program doubled in size. Packed emergency rooms had too few nurses. Hospital morgues became so full that about 200 bodies had to be relocated by the city. Like a tsunami, the Omicron variant of the virus swept through New York City from December to January, swamping defenses that had been built over the past two years.”

Washington Post: Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.

Washington Post: Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.. “In the eight years she has worked at nursing homes, LaToya Francis, 34, has been yelled at, kicked at and had feces thrown at her for little more than the minimum wage. She endured it because she loved being a certified nursing assistant, she said. But she’s not sure she can hold out much longer.”

ABC News: Nursing homes struggle with low booster rates, staffing issues as omicron spreads

ABC News: Nursing homes struggle with low booster rates, staffing issues as omicron spreads. “As the omicron variant causes a surge in coronavirus cases, many long-term care facilities are facing challenges not seen in months, officials from around the country tell ABC News. Many nursing homes are struggling with low booster rates and a growing staffing crisis, said industry executives and health care advocates.”

Associated Press: Health officials let COVID-infected staff stay on the job

Associated Press: Health officials let COVID-infected staff stay on the job. “Health authorities around the U.S. are increasingly taking the extraordinary step of allowing nurses and other workers infected with the coronavirus to stay on the job if they have mild symptoms or none at all. The move is a reaction to the severe hospital staffing shortages and crushing caseloads that the omicron variant is causing.”

ABC 30: Calif. health care workers who are asymptomatic with COVID won’t have to test or isolate to work

ABC 30: Calif. health care workers who are asymptomatic with COVID won’t have to test or isolate to work. ” California health care workers won’t have to isolate or test negative to go back to work if they are asymptomatic until February 1. As omicron cases continue to surge and hospital staffing shortages increase across the state, California’s department of public health is changing its COVID isolation guidelines.”

Austin American-Statesman: Amid omicron COVID spike, Texas hospitals see staffing shortages accelerating

Austin American-Statesman: Amid omicron COVID spike, Texas hospitals see staffing shortages accelerating. “In the weeklong period that straddled the end of last year and the dawn of 2022, about 1,500 employees at one of Texas’ leading treatment hospitals for COVID-19 tested positive for the virus, aggravating a staffing shortage amid yet another spike in the pandemic that has frayed the health care system for nearly two years.”