Metro hospitals searching for more nurses amid virus surge – KCCI Des Moines

UnityPoint Health Des Moines and MercyOne Des Moines are searching for more nurses to help with the growing coronavirus outbreak.Both hospital systems say they are competing with other states to recruit. UnityPoint says 40 of its staff members were out sick Tuesday. MercyOne also reports a significant staff shortage.MercyOne says it has opened additional critical care beds and is adjusting where staff members are, depending on the number of hospitalizations each day.Cindy Penney is the chief nursing officer at MercyOne.“We have developed surge plans for staffing that include utilizing agency staffing as well as calling upon individuals who work part time to see if they are willing to work more,” Penney said.MercyOne says it is using nursing students as well.

UnityPoint Health Des Moines and MercyOne Des Moines are searching for more nurses to help with the growing coronavirus outbreak.

Both hospital systems say they are competing with other states to recruit. UnityPoint says 40 of its staff members were out sick Tuesday. MercyOne also reports a significant staff shortage.

MercyOne says it has opened additional critical care beds and is adjusting where staff members are, depending on the number of hospitalizations each day.

Cindy Penney is the chief nursing officer at MercyOne.

“We have developed surge plans for staffing that include utilizing agency staffing as well as calling upon individuals who work part time to see if they are willing to work more,” Penney said.

MercyOne says it is using nursing students as well.