The events at Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa, Texas, left many shocked. An 18-year-old man assaulted the hospital's staff and strangled newborn babies. Unsurprisingly, events like this leave nurses and doctors traumatized, exhausted, and looking for their exit.
Whenever there is an outbreak or a tragic event at a hospital, there is an interest in how the hospital kept patients safe. Providers took a beating during Covid-19. People forget the toll these events take on the staff of a hospital.
Burned-out doctors and nurses are tired of working in hospital settings. In fact, the labor shortage in hospitals across the country is so dire that the Department of Labor is providing 80 million dollars to train new nurses. Hospitals are at their breaking point.
“When providers and hospital staff hear of events like the heinous crime that happened at Odessa Regional Medical Center, providers look at other career opportunities. Some providers leave healthcare altogether. Others start their own businesses. Providers start med spas, medical clinics, or other types of non-clinical businesses,” said healthcare business attorney Doris Dike. “Nurses and doctors are becoming creative with their careers."
Mrs. Dike, who writes for Physician Practice Magazine, works with physicians, nurses, and healthcare entrepreneurs to start and protect their businesses.
“People would love to work for themselves, make their own schedules, and chart their own path. With the pandemic and other events, providers want something different. If you are feeling burned out, start speaking to your hospital's administration. See if there is anything that can change. If not, start doing your own research and sit down with a healthcare business attorney,” said Mrs. Dike.
Marcus McCowan Jr, the 18-year-old man who harmed several newborns and staff at Odessa Regional Medical Center, is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder, assault, assault of a public servant, and various charges.
Doris Dike is a healthcare business attorney at DIKE LAW GROUP, PLLC. Mrs. Dike is a champion of providers. She works for doctors, nurses, and healthcare executives.
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