Advertising in Nebraska for nursing jobs, no vaccine required
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The United States is experiencing a shortage of nurses. The state of Nebraska is trying to bring more, but with a very different message from some of the state’s major healthcare providers: A COVID-19 vaccination is not required.
Advertisements are popping up from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services. In large bold print, the incentives: no vaccine requirement and a signing bonus of $ 5,000.
A spokesperson for Gov. Pete Ricketts said the nursing positions were for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The announcement caught the attention of State Senator Carol Blood of Bellevue. He says that although vaccines are not mandatory, they are encouraged.
“It’s a little worrying that we are not having the health of our veterans in our best interests,” Blood said.
There are many openings to veterans homes across the state, including the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue.
Executives tell 6 News that a large majority of staff are vaccinated.
“If you’re just relying on the vaccine, think you don’t understand what we’ve been through for the past 18 months. You can be fully vaccinated and continue to spread COVID-19. The key is effective screening measures and effective screening measures, ”said John Hilgert, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Measures are in place at the homes of former combatants in the state, including testing every 48 hours for unvaccinated workers.
Blood says the lack of a vaccine warrant worries her, and she wants the governor to explain why.
“Unless someone can show me that the information and science that has been shared with us as state senators is wrong, I tend to say that we have serious concerns in District 3 and I want to know how this decision was made, ”Sen said. . Some blood.
She said she didn’t understand why the state was going against what top epidemiologists recommend.
“I feel like we’re in a problem that we created on our own, and now we’re using weird marketing tools like saying ‘Come on if you’re not vaccinated, and we’ll hire you’ while everything the world around us is doing the opposite, based on science, ”Blood said.
The Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs says it is going above and beyond to make sure veterans are safe.
“We’ve learned a lot, so I’m comfortable and confident that our veterans are being well looked after,” said Hilgert.
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