‘Hospital Staffing Emergency’ declared in Nebraska based on current hospitalizations, staff shortages

Governor Ricketts declared a "Hospital Staffing Emergency" for the first time in history due to the current situation in Nebraska.
"Hospital Staffing Emergency"

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As our local hospitals face shortages in staff and beds for patients, big news coming from state officials Thursday.

Governor Ricketts declared a “Hospital Staffing Emergency” for the first time in history due to the current situation in Nebraska. This emergency comes just a week after several Nebraska hospitals paused certain elective surgeries due to staff shortages and a lack of beds.

The state has seen an alarming increase in hospitalizations of both COVID and non-COVID patients. On top of that, many hospitals are facing severe nursing shortages. All of this has built up over the last several weeks into what is now become a state of emergency.

“With where we are in regards to statistics and the challenges we’re having with regards to staffing, I’m declaring a Hospital Staffing Emergency in the state of Nebraska,” Ricketts said.

This will have several components, one of them being an Executive Order waiving licensing requirements and authorizing credentials for retired or in-active nurses. Ricketts says this new mandate will help get more staff on the schedules across the state.

He also issued a Directed Health Measure that will be effective starting Monday, following in the steps of Bryan Health and Nebraska Medicine. Every Nebraska hospital will now have to limit elective surgeries to make room for patients.

Currently there are only 25% of hospital beds available in the state. That’s less beds open now than there was last fall in our peak.

That new DHM will run through September 30th and the “Hospital Staffing Emergency” will go through the end of the year.

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