In 1879, Dr. William N. Wishard, then 27 years old, became superintendent of Indianapolis City Hospital, an institution so little regarded that it lacked city water and gas.
In an unusual show of solidarity, officials from several major Indianapolis-area health care systems held a joint press conference Monday afternoon to issue dire warnings about the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases and explain how their facilities and staffs are close to becoming overwhelmed.
U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages.
Departures are not surprising, according to experts, considering not only the mental toll of the pandemic but the fact that many nurses trained in acute care are over 50 and at increased risk of complications if they contract the virus.
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Indiana will recognize nursing licenses from most other states with a new law taking effect this summer.
Senate Bill 28 would offer grants of $5,000 a year to eligible instructors at Indiana nursing programs, with a lifetime cap of $25,000.
IU Health declined to name the employee or specify whether the job separation was a resignation or firing.
Franciscan Health said the complex at U.S. 135 and Stones Crossing Road will serve a rapidly growing part of Johnson County. It will be about 12 miles from its hospitals in Indianapolis and Mooresville.
The state warned the institution about low passing rates earlier this year and asked for a “plan of correction”—the first step that could lead to a loss of state accreditation.
One of Indiana’s largest home health care providers, facing allegations that it put patients in immediate jeopardy, has agreed to be acquired by a competing company in a deal that could be worth as much as $3 million.
Facing a surge of retiring nurses and a growing number of patients, Indiana hospitals are scrambling to fill thousands of nursing positions, raising questions about whether they will be able to keep operations fully staffed.
Indiana University Health has agreed to revoke disciplinary actions against two nurses who tried to organize a union at IU Health’s Methodist Hospital earlier this year, the United Steelworkers announced.
The National Labor Relations Board declined to dismiss charges that IU Health broke the law by firing one nurse and disciplining another who were involved in trying to form a union at Methodist Hospital.
The U.S. Census Bureau found that 2.7 percent of registered nurses in 1970 were men. That percentage is now closer to 10 percent.