State of Nevada provides update on efforts to alleviate shortages in healthcare facilities

CARSON CITY, NV - January 18, 2022

Today, State officials provided an update on efforts to leverage existing resources across the state to help alleviate staffing shortages in healthcare facilities across the State.

“Staffing in our healthcare facilities has been a constant challenge and the State continues to work with all of our partners to leverage existing resources and break down barriers so Nevadans in need can access care,” said Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. “We continue to encourage all Nevadans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as vaccines provide powerful protection against hospitalization and death from the virus.”

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Nevada State Board of Nursing have been working to encourage all nursing students enrolled in an accredited nursing program and in good standing strongly consider becoming a nurse apprentice.

There are almost 900 nursing students enrolled in accredited nursing programs across Nevada. There are almost 100 positions open now with the capacity to grow and expand an additional 150 more positions. The State will continue to work with nursing schools and healthcare partners who want to develop or expand their programs to meet the current demand for staffing.

The Apprentice Nurse program helps students maximize the skills they have learned and get hands-on opportunities in the field while supporting the healthcare system.

Other statewide efforts have included sending out mass email distribution efforts reminding Nevadans of volunteer opportunities that exist. This past week, Battle Born Medical Corp has received over 200 new applications of licensed individuals interested in serving the healthcare system during this difficult time.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5,000 individuals have gotten involved with the program.

Learn more about the Battle Born Medical Corp and how to get involved, visit https://NVHealthResponse.nv.gov/battle-born-medical-corps/

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