Working in a rural 21 bed emergency department. Our volumes are up 15% in two months. We have a 40% nurse shortage in all acute areas (ED, medical floor, ICU). 30% of our inpatient beds have long term patients that nursing homes won’t take and all our regional referral centers (larger hospitals in the area) are full. 30% of our emergency department beds are occupied with admitted patients.
Average wait times to see a doctor have gone from 20 minutes to 2 hours in two months. We are trying, please be patient and kind to the staff!