Allegheny Health Network tells Channel 11 that the staffing crisis started before the pandemic, but that COVID-19 made it worse.
PITTSBURGH — There’s a nationwide nursing shortage, and Pittsburgh hospitals are suffering.
Chief Nursing Officer of Allegheny Health Network Claire Zangerle tells Channel 11 that the staffing crisis started before the pandemic but that covid made things worse. For one thing, many nurses retired.
“It has become an issue with AHN in the sense that we are no different than any other health system across the country,” explained Zangerle. “We’ve seen a wave of a certain age group of our nurses that its time to retire and honestly the pandemic pushed them to the retirement maybe a little bit sooner that what they thought about.”
Also, during the pandemic, more nurses in direct patient care took other nursing jobs like education, research or management.