QUESTION:

What resources exist to address workforce shortages, should nurses and other clinical staff with confirmed COVID-19 cases be required to quarantine themselves?

ANSWER:

There are three things every MHA member should do to increase staffing options, should your workforce experience confirmed cases of COVID-19:

1. MHA Ventures has developed workforce solutions in partnership with Company X and Company Y. Read more about them here.
2. Sign the revised Montana Hospital Mutual Aid System agreement.
3. Explore and implement cross-training recommendations. At Prairie Community Hospital in Terry, staff have begun to prepare by identifying essential but non-clinical activities that can be delegated to a non-clinical support person. PCH staff have developed competencies for the non-clinical support person. These competencies are trained and tested by the Director of Nursing, or DON designee. Read the message from PCH and review their competencies list for the role here.

-Heather O’Hara, VP, MHA