San Francisco, CA (NursingSalary.org)- According to St. Boniface Hospital, they are in desperate need to fill some of their cardiac nurse positions that they have open. WRHA spokeswoman Heidi Graham said “We don’t want people to worry. Patients on the wait list are contacted regularly. Any change in their medical status, then we will change their wait-list status and they will be contacted immediately.” Graham also went on to say that the shortage started earlier in the year when the hospital extended the hours of one of their catheterization labs, which opened a ton of new nursing positions.
As expected by some, a ton of the cardiac ICU nurses that worked in the other departments applied in the catheterization lab and were hired on the spot. As you can imagine, this left a ton of spots empty where they once held. At the peak of the shortage, the vacancy rate went up as high as 40 percent. This is a staggering number that would obviously leave a ton of people in shock.
Right now, Graham said that there were 127 patients waiting to have surgery. Because of the missing cardiac nurses, these people will probably continue to wait for as long as the spots remain open. This is over exaggerated a little bit, but you get the point. Once all of these spots get filled, then the process of surgeries should speed up a ton. Until then, all of the people, especially at the end of the list, will have to wait awhile. Graham also went on to say that she has remained in constant contact with all of the patients waiting for surgery. This is so they know what the deal is, and they are able to be relieved that they were not forgotten about. This shows that Graham knows business, and that she is able to make up for the fact that she does not have enough cardiac nurses to get the job done at this point. It may not look the best, but at least she is letting all of the patients know what the deal is. They are not being left in the dark. Right now, Heidi Graham says she has even offered cardiac nursing spots to nurses from other units to pick up the shifts that she needs. Obviously, these nurses would know what they were doing, so there is no need to worry.