Ballad Health seeks 350 nurses as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health is seeking to work with 350 nurses to fill staffing requirements amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a series of tweets from the health system..

Kelly Gooch –
Friday, November 6th, 2020

The call for more nurses comes as workers are sidelined from work due to the pandemic and as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge.

Ballad Health said Nov. 5 it has 192 hospitalized COVID-19 clients, 41 of whom remained in the extensive care system, and 37 designated COVID-19 medical facility beds available.

On Nov. 4, Ballad Health Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Smithgall stated about 110 of the 205 workers who were away from work are medical employees.

The health system already announced in October that it would begin postponing optional treatments at some Tennessee hospitals.

” In other areas of the country, theyve often had to increase the number of patients per nurse because they do not have adequate resources,” Ms. Smithgall told local news station WCYB. “Our objective is not to arrive.”.

Ballad Health operates 21 health centers in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky


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