UZÈS Local hospital is looking for nurses, caregivers and physiotherapists

“I have never experienced this in my 32-year career”, breathes the director of the hospital of Uzès Jean-Luc Montagne. The local health establishment is looking for no less than 10 nurses, 21 caregivers and 2 physiotherapists, mainly for its nursing homes.

That’s a lot, especially since “for more than two months, we haven’t received a CV”, affirms the director of an establishment which expects to be in strong tension of personnel, to understand in shortage of personnel, at least until September. “We have made the decision not to close services, but it could perhaps happen if these tensions continue”, warns Jean-Luc Montagne. For lack of nurses, the Pont-Saint-Esprit hospital had to resolve to close 14 beds last October.

The director of the hospital, which has 814 employees, dates the start of these difficulties to last year. “There is a shortage of CVs, a nomadism of paramedics, some go to the highest bidder, and there have been quite a few very attractive health reserve missions abroad”, advances the director of care of the hospital of Uzès Bérangère Hérail to explain this situation which fortunately is not found among doctors. Many nurses are also going into the liberal profession, attracted by higher incomes and more flexible hours.

Two branches of schools for caregivers and nurses have opened in Uzès in 2020 and 2021, but it will still be necessary to wait a little longer to see the first graduates come out. Waiting for, “They come to fill in during the holidays, which also allows us to retain them”, notes the director.

The challenge lies in the attractiveness of the establishment, given that the nomadism advanced by Bérangère Hérail puts de facto competing institutions. So the Uzès hospital highlights its “services on a human scale” and the fact that he “stage quickly”, understand that staff quickly enter the public service. The director also specifies that the staff can work tax-exempt overtime and work 12-hour days three days a week, a rhythm sought in the sector. “And in most departments, we work one weekend out of three, while most of the time, elsewhere it is one out of two”, adds the director who believes that “It can make the difference. »

Thierry ALLARD

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