connectRN Advocates for Nurses and Aides Overlooked in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
connectRN works with Massachusetts Department of Health and others to provide access to COVID-19 vaccine for its community of per diem nurses and aides being missed in Phase 1
WALTHAM, Mass. — Feb. 3, 2021 — connectRN, provider of the nurse-centric mobile staffing solution for per diem health care, has successfully advocated with the Massachusetts Department of Health to provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine for its community of nurses and nursing aides in the region. Clinicians on the frontlines working per diem and not employed by medical facilities or hospitals as well as those in private practice, including primary care offices and urgent care clinics, have often been overlooked in Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout.
“Unfortunately, nurses and nursing aides who put themselves and their families at risk while caring for COVID-19 patients are being overlooked in receiving the vaccine simply because they do not have official employee status at a medical facility,” said Kalyn Weber, Head of Clinician Experience at connectRN. “Anyone working directly in high exposure situations, like many connectRN clinicians are, deserve to be vaccinated as soon as possible. connectRN continues to advocate for our nurses and nursing aides in various states across the country, doing whatever it takes to support and protect our community.”
connectRN has also successfully worked with the Richmond County Health Department and Baltimore City, and are in-process with other state and city health departments to give its community of clinicians access to the vaccine. connectRN is rapidly expanding in the U.S. with member nurses currently working in 10 states.
The Massachusetts vaccine distribution timeline indicates that clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care are first in line to receive the vaccine in Phase 1, December 2020 – February 2021. However, each state has planned its own vaccine distribution and decisions about who gets and does not get the vaccine first are generally made by individual medical facilities or local boards of health.
To ensure their nurses and aides had access to vaccine options, connectRN facilitated communication between partner facilities hosting clinics and connectRN clinicians interested in receiving the vaccine.
“As an agency nurse, it was difficult to get the COVID-19 vaccination until I received an email from connectRN about vaccine clinics through their facility partners,” said Deborah Robinson, a licensed practical nurse in Maryland. “I'm so grateful for connectRN. They provided the avenue for my COVID vaccination.”
To access the connectRN mobile app and join the community of health are workers who design their own schedules, choosing where and when they work while earning competitive pay and other benefits, go to: https://www.connectrn.com/.
connectRN is the provider of the nurse-centric staffing app that reinvents the way nurses and other clinicians find per diem work. Using technology, the company connects a community of clinicians, surfacing shifts that match nurses' preferences while alleviating staffing shortages for health care facilities. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, connectRN is currently staffing throughout the Commonwealth and the U.S. Learn more at connectrn.com and follow on Facebook and LinkedIn.