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Governor appeals to CT’s ‘reserve’ of nurse practitioners to return

with some connecticut hospital staffs already flat out treating patients for coronavirus symptoms, gov. ned lamont issued a plea for nurse retirees to contact their former employers about returning to work — and said the state could accelerate the training requirements of those studying for nursing careers in order to press them into service.

588的彩舒适speaking in hartford on tuesday afternoon, lamont and the state’s lead expert on infectious diseases warned hospital staffing in fairfield county is already stretched near the breaking point, as it handles the influx of patients with symptoms of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

nuvance health, the parent organization for danbury hospital and norwalk hospital, attracted national attention after it was forced to place some 200 nurses and other staff at hospitals in connecticut and new york as a precaution against any exposure to the virus.

588的彩舒适hospitals in the new haven and hartford areas are seeing increased patient counts as well, with lamont expecting that to spill over into eastern connecticut before long.

“we are working with the department of public health ... in terms of certifications — see what we can do to get more nurses available now,” lamont said tuesday. “we have a number of training nurses (and) we are accelerating their certifications.”

588的彩舒适“we’re also reaching out to retired nurses,” lamont said. “we are going to need you over the next two ... (to) six weeks.”

588的彩舒适the state department of public health is forwarding queries to a state joint information center on coronavirus response, which did not provide details immediately wednesday on base requirements any nursing students would need to have and how they would be placed in assignments and paid.

the u.s. department of health and human services supports a medical reserve corps that, at last report, had 175,000 professionals nationally on which it can potentially draw. hhs lists nearly two dozen mrc units in connecticut, from greenwich to new london and points inland.

the connecticut nurses association hosts regular gatherings of retired nurses who wish to stay on top of industry developments.

in 2016, connecticut’s nursing schools produced more than 3,100 graduates with varying focuses of expertise, according to the most recent data posted by the connecticut league of nursing. with nearly 30 percent of the state’s nursing workforce age 60 or older at that point, lawmakers have spent the past few years enacting policies to draw more people to the profession.

588的彩舒适on tuesday, the state’s head epidemiologist indicated speed is of the essence, as hospital staff on the front lines are overwhelmed and facilities that still have a few days or weeks more to plan brace themselves.

“at greenwich hospital, they are working 24/7,” said dr. matthew cartter, director of infectious diseases at the connecticut department of public health. “the doctors and nurses and others haven’t been sleeping for days. they are totally full — same thing in danbury and in bridgeport.”

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Includes prior reporting by Ken Dixon.

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