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Rural Colorado to benefit from $85 million for workforce development — including nursing resources — amid shortage

Colorado needs thousands more nurses a year to keep up with growing demand amid staffing shortages and retirements in the health care workforce. But a $1.3 million grant to the Colorado State University Pueblo graduate school and nursing program as part of an $85 million state project is intended to keep adequate health care flowing […]

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Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon. Colorado may be next.

LOS ANGELES — More than 24,000 nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Kaiser, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, has proposed a two-tiered wage and benefits system […]

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What’s Working: The top occupations hiring in Colorado, plus a job where “you’ll never not be employed”

If you’re still in job limbo because your former employer shut down, hasn’t reopened or you’re hoping to switch to a more stable career, take this advice from economist Tatiana Bailey: Look for a new career based on occupations with the most openings. “The top 10 job openings are always the same,” said Bailey, director […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Doctors are overwhelmed by coronavirus. So why did Colorado officials just end a 30-year contract with a peer health program?

For more than 30 years, one agency has monitored Colorado physicians struggling with depression, alcohol or drug abuse, physical conditions and behavior problems — doctors seeking help so they can continue to see patients.  The Colorado Physician Health Program, which formed in 1986, has evaluated more than 5,600 doctors for problems ranging from overwhelming sadness […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Colorado doctors now have plenty of experience battling coronavirus — and they’re getting better at it

When Dr. Joel Strohecker returned to treating coronavirus after his own three-week battle with the disease, the outlook at the hospital was grim. It was early April and people were dying every day, said the physician, who works at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Testing was scarce. The intensive care unit was filling up. […]