According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.4 million health care workers — many of them nurses — were laid off or furloughed in April.
Our nurses are in trouble. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, many nurses who treat patients living with muscle, bone and joint disorders are having their pay cut, or being laid off or furloughed. Orthopedic procedures have been canceled or delayed, and some medical practices have been forced to close.
This leaves orthopedic nurses in an impossible situation. Even though they’re out of work, state regulations still require them to keep up their training and pay license fees. It’s a lot to shoulder when you don’t know when you’ll be working again. And of course, this also doesn’t help their patients, who are still waiting for care in an uncertain future.
That’s why we're making an appeal through our Dolores Beanland Orthopedic Nursing Scholarship Fund. Your donations to "Beanie's Fund" will help make sure that our local nurses, and ultimately their patients, get the help that they need at a critical time. Beanie’s Fund supports nurses as they undertake vital training to improve their skills and confidence to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions. This is a critical area for continuing education, as data shows that most clinicians lack adequate preparation to effectively treat the most common orthopedic ailments.
This year, in addition to scholarships for our continuing education courses and workshops we’re expanding "Beanie’s Fund" to reimburse nurses for their payment of certain licensing and certification fees. Nurses who need financial assistance to retain their professional licensure are welcome to apply. (Read our FAQs for details)
Our hope is to help 89 nurses through the fund – in celebration of our friend Beanie’s 89th birthday. So, check out our campaign page, share our posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, and make a donation today. Your support will help make sure that our local nurses, and ultimately their patients, get the help that they need at a critical time.
Thanks very much and we wish you and yours the very best of good health.
We're the staff and volunteers at Jackson Orthopedic Foundation, committed to improving the lives of patients with musculoskeletal conditions through education, research and service.