Kelly moves to help facilities hit by COVID surge

Licensing requirements for medical professionals are less stringent to help with staffing issues at hospitals and nursing homes because of a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Gov. Laura Kelly made the move as part of a 15-day emergency order.

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January 7, 2022 - 3:00 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday eased or suspended Kansas licensing rules for medical personnel and nursing home workers in hopes of making it easier for them to attack staffing shortages during a surge of new COVID-19 cases.

Kelly issued two executive orders. One allows hospital staff to perform a broader range of duties. The other makes licensing of nursing home workers more flexible so homes can hire people whose licenses have lapsed and fill less-skilled jobs with workers who have relatively little or no previous training.

Her actions come as hospital officials say patients are dying in emergency rooms of small hospitals, larger hospitals struggle with soaring staff absences and ambulances are scrambling to find hospitals with room for their patients.

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