IDAHO — The pandemic has reaffirmed the need for more nurses, doctors, and other medical staff and as COVID-19 vaccinations expand more nurses will be needed to administer it.
The organization, Nurse Leaders of Idaho, hopes to get more registered and license practical nurses to volunteer and help administer the COVID-19 vaccine o make sure they're ready when the vaccine becomes available to the general public.
Randall Hudspeth Executive Director for NLI, said via email That Idaho could see as many as 10,000 injections a day by the end of June.
On Wednesday, dr. Christine Hahn, with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said people are asking how they can volunteer and help with the vaccination effort.
“Some of its medical, administering vaccines. some of it you don't need to be a medical person, to check people in or some of the logistics of doing a vaccination clinic,” Hahn said.
One local pharmacy tech training program is working to bolster the workforce.
“Our technical advisory committee often tells us the pharmacy tech program is a great foundation program for students looking to pursue a medical occupation in any field simply because all medical professionals have to deal with pharmaceuticals at some level,” Monti Pittman head of school for the Idaho Technical Career Academy, said.
ITCA is an online school for 9th through 12th grade. The program prepares students for the pharmacy technician exam.
“The students that do graduate from our program would be eligible if they pass that state certification to go and go to work and help provide additional resources to the medical professional currently battling the coronavirus,” Pittman said.
If you're a RN and LPN nurse you can sign up for the Medical Reserve Corps.