Methodist in the Media

Area Education Leaders Discuss Staffing Challenges, Demand for Training

Published: Oct. 19, 2021

Nebraska Medicine Chief Operating Officer Cory Shaw calls it a "gut punch" to have to turn transfers away.

It's something Nebraska Medicine has been doing the past eight weeks due to a variety of factors. 

"It's really a combination of two things. With ICU beds, it's really just beds, but it starts with staff. If you don't have adequate staff, you can't open every single bed you have available to you," Shaw said.

Deborah Carlson, PhD, president and CEO of Nebraska Methodist College (NMC), was among area education leaders who spoke to KMTV about the demand for nurses and how institutions like NMC fit in.

KMTV: Nebraska Medicine turning away transfers from other hospitals is 'gut punch'