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Healthcare systems find ways to keep nurses, attract next generation

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of shortages across the nation in supply chains and in the workforce, with the healthcare field being hit the hardest, especially the nurses.

Covenant health efforts

Covenant lost two groups of nurses during the pandemic, Walter Cathey, regional CEO of Covenant Health System, said. 

One group was comprised of nurses on the cusp of retiring, choosing to retire early because of the pandemic, while the other included younger nurses who departed due to the mental health strain the pandemic caused health workers to go through.

Cathey said he is trying to find a strategic way to rebuild the nursing staff back up.

“I’m taking a lot of our foundation dollars and investing it back into caregivers to elevate their career paths,” he said. “So really, how can I get a certified nursing assistant to an RN within six years and build back in turn, because Lubbock is a great place to live, but it’s not an easy place to recruit to.”

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