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Pediatric care gets help as Nevada nursing licenses put on fast track

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Governor’s Office mentioned Monday that strikes have been made to make sure staffing wants for pediatric care as RSV, flu and COVID-19 circumstances overwhelm pediatric hospitals.

The announcement follows a state of affairs report final week that mentioned the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) was searching for authority to permit hospitals to exceed licensed capability limits in neonatal and pediatric care items, and waive licensing necessities for nurses and respiratory care personnel.

Instead, purposes can be fast-tracked by the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NSBN).

“Any nurse a facility deems necessary to assist with the current pediatric crisis, will have their application processed immediately by the NSBN,” based on the Governor’s Office.

Last week, NHA famous that “Nevada is one of a handful of states that do not accept nursing licenses from other states. Nevada is not a ‘nurse compact state.’ Because of this, Nevada hospitals cannot respond to seasonal or emergency staffing needs with the speed, flexibility, and ingenuity of most other states and territories.”

The Southern Nevada Health District reported final week that about 1,800 RSV circumstances had been reported in November — a 200% improve over the identical time final year. Extra precautions together with face masks helped hold respiratory sicknesses decrease in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A meeting final week between the Governor’s Office, NHA and different stakeholders resolved the roadblock.

“A temporary license will be issued to those applicants who meet the legal requirements of the law. The immediate processing will allow for nurses to begin caring for patients expeditiously,” based on the Governor’s Office.

RSV circumstances, particularly, have stuffed pediatric hospital beds and a few pediatric hospitals have needed to transfer older kids into grownup beds.

The NHA mentioned final week that general hospital occupancy charges are 71% statewide, and 77% in intensive care items. Pediatric wards and pediatric ICUs have been over 100% occupancy.

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