UM nursing students sent to hospitals due to pandemic shortage – NBC 6 South Florida


The University of Miami School of Nursing is sending nurses to hospitals in South Florida due to shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting next week, dozens of UM nursing students will begin clinical rotations at five hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward, beginning with Palmetto General Hospital.

If the hospitals are successful, the students will choose to stay.

“They can work in a place where they practiced as students and that helps the transition go a little smoother,” said Dr. Nichole Crenshaw, associate dean of the undergraduate nursing program at the University. ‘UM.

Crenshaw hopes the new partnership between UM and Steward Health will help ease nursing shortages that have strained area hospitals since the pandemic began.

“We have our first group of students on rotation through Palmetto, one of these groups will be graduating in May, so there is an opportunity to help hire students immediately after graduation and help alleviate the stress that this hospital may be feeling because of the shortages,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw said he’s seen an increase in the number of students entering the medical field because they want to be part of the solution. And seeing firsthand what nurses encounter today will help them know what to expect.

“So we’re having conversations with them about what it means to practice in the midst of a global pandemic,” Crenshaw said. “What are the needs of the communities? What are the needs of our patients who get very very sick and come to the hospital and get treatment? What does this mean for nurses who work very hard sometimes overtime to be able to meet the needs of the unit?

UM students will also rotate to North Shore Medical Center, Coral Gables Hospital, Hialeah Hospital, and Florida Medical Center.

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