In the transformative world of healthcare right now, one topic is at the center of all the headlines: the critical nursing shortage. This gap of over 1 million nurses nationwide is the culmination of years of declining nurse enrollment amplified by the pandemic. As hospitals must function with fewer RNs without sacrificing quality care, the use of virtual care has emerged as a potential savior to a dire situation.
Hospitals across the U.S. are dipping their toes into the world of virtual nursing, but many are unsure where to start and not making much progress. Yet Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth has been in the virtual care game for years and can be viewed as a roadmap for other facilities looking to cope with capacity challenges, staffing shortages and extended emergency department wait times.