Because of this pressure for work and home balance for women in medicine, it should come as no surprise that women also enter the field with more hesitation and more self-doubt.
A nurse’s role in a hospital is tough and, in one of the nation’s hot spots, the coronavirus made it tougher.
As of early this week, state health officials removed Orange County from the coronavirus watch list when the county’s number of newly infected people fell below 100 per 100,000 residents over a two-week period.
But the current demand for medical workers is high nationwide, so much so that some hospital officials requested local public health departments and the state to help bolster their staffing. A shortage of medical workers existed before the pandemic, and a surge in cases made it worse. In July, active-duty military doctors, nurses and other providers were sent to eight California hospitals to assist with coronavirus cases in Lodi, Fresno, Stockton, Rancho Mirage and Visalia.
If you ask registered nurses what it’s like to work nowadays, the common answer is what you would imagine.