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Sonya Eddy (Epiphany, General Hospital) tweeted earlier today that she is helping raise money to provide scholarships for nursing students. She stated, “Everyday, I play a nurse on TV. Over the years, I’ve heard from thousands of real nurses about how hard their job is. Now with COVID, #WeNeedMoreNurses and we need them now. I’m leading a new campaign to provide scholarships to nursing students. You in? www.gofund.me/0a85dd70". She continued in a following tweet: “To help me and my friend @choo_ek achieve our goal, please give what you can and then REPLY here so I can thank you! Let’s do this!”
According to NurseJournal.org, there are 4 top reasons that lead to nursing shortages: an increase in demand to provide care for the aging population, older nurses nearing retirement, shortage of nursing educators, and high turnover rate. During the height of the pandemic, the nurse-to-patient ratio increased to 1:14 due to nurse shortages. For the nurses who were still working, this led to high levels of stress and burnout. This led to even higher turnover rates and leaving numerous nursing positions left unfilled.
Eddy is raising awareness on such an important topic that effects so many people. The nurses who are still working on the front lines taking care of those with Covid and/or other illnesses need support. What would benefit them is for the facilities they work for to hire educated and trained nurses to balance the intense workload. Nursing school can be quite costly and by raising money to provide scholarships for nursing students will help decrease the financial barrier some students might be facing.
Eddy had posted a video in her tweet where she stated, “Hello everyone, I hope you’re finding peace and staying healthy. I was thinking about this over the holiday. I think most of us were- and honestly, if this is coming as a surprise to you then you are not paying attention. We are struggling again. We are straining our healthcare workers again. We are putting those at risk whose entire lives are dedicated to protecting ours. And not only is there a nursing shortage, but I read this week that the nurses we do have on the frontlines are actually being asked to come into work even if they are infected with Covid 19. No one and I mean no one should be asked to work if they are infected with the virus that has killed over 840,000 Americans especially those who are trying to heal those who are already sick. And it comes down to this: we need more nurses. Not only do we have to give the nurses who fight for us everyday a break, but we need to create a new foundation of nurses who are going to be the ones who help and heal our kids, our parents, our friends, hell, even us. There is a foundation that’s already doing this work, already has a scholarship fund to send more people to nursing school, and I want to help them do it. And you know what? We’re going to raise half a million dollars. That’s right. We’re going to get more people to nursing school so we can create a new generation of nurses and finally give the nurses we already have a well, well deserved break. They’ve got a Go Fund Me already set up, so whatever you’ve got, $5, $10, $20, $100. Whatever you spend on a cup of coffee in the morning, send it here today instead. We need more nurses, but you already knew that. Let’s get this done.”
Thank you, Eddy for raising awareness on such an important topic! For those who are able to donate, please consider it and donate whatever you can. If you are not able to donate, please spread the word and share the link: www.gofund.me/0a85dd70
(Article written by Adriana Grecco)