So we may need a lot more medical professionals quickly.
Since it takes years to train them, that isn't the route to go, but there may be a lot of retired who have let their licenses and certifications expire who would be willing to come back. Should the government be looking at some emergency program to fast track them back into the system?
Some other states may as well. It should have included required legislation passed during planning for H1N1 response.
Has some very fine doctors.
At one time (cant speak about today) Cuba sent doctors to various countries to help with their medical problems. I have always respected their medical profession and government for those actions.
to put retired people, the highest risk group, on the front lines? In what universe is that a good idea? One that already has a vaccine, maybe?
and she said that under our state's emergency declaration, they CAN actually call her back to nursing duty, though they would make sure she is placed in a position not as dependent on specialized skills due to her time out of the medical field. Things like triaging, vitals, documentation, etc.
She also said that retired medical professionals can be called back up as well.
So why would you recruit older adults to be on the front lines of this virus?
They are also less likely to contract it with their training. Some may be willing to accept the risk to help people. That is their decision.