NORTHBORO (CBS) — A St. Anselm Faculty graduate with a level in nursing, Natalie Rodgers is able to get to work. She spent her ultimate medical rotation working with critically unwell COVID sufferers within the ICU and is assured she’s nicely ready for her profession.
“It was scary at first,” she mentioned remembering again to these first days within the COVID unit. “I needed to put on the total robe, masks, gloves, all the things. However I completely beloved it.”
As a substitute of caring for sufferers now, she is spending her summer time strolling the household canine, volunteering at vaccine clinics along with her mother, and learning for her licensing examination. The issue is she has no thought when she’s going to take that take a look at.
“I’m form of simply ready to get that e mail,” Rodgers informed WBZ-TV.
The e-mail she is ready for is from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing. That’s how she’ll be notified that she will be able to go forward and schedule her licensure examination. However to date, she, and plenty of of her nursing grad buddies have heard nothing.
“I don’t have a job. I’m a brand new grad, I see all my buddies doing their new jobs. I simply really feel form of misplaced proper now,” she mentioned, combating again tears.
“It’s irritating for me as a mom,” mentioned Mary Rogers, who can be a nurse. “I took my take a look at inside two weeks of graduating and I began working instantly.”
In keeping with the state, the issue is as a result of hundreds of non permanent licenses issued in the course of the pandemic to handle COVID sufferers. All of these nurses now want everlasting licenses.
In an e mail, a spokesperson for the state Division of Well being informed WBZ, “This unprecedented quantity of pandemic-related licenses, coupled with the inflow of latest graduates resulted in some licensure delays.”
The spokesperson additionally mentioned they solely grew to become conscious of the issue a few week in the past and the state is working to extend workers to deal with the backlog. They count on new grads who submitted all the correct transcripts and paperwork to get the emails with information on scheduling their exams inside seven days.
Natalie mentioned she’s able to cease learning and begin placing what she has realized to good use.
“I’m positively prepared to start out working as a nurse,” she mentioned.