first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Jamie Edens and Ryan Ward arrived in New York City last week after a whirlwind road trip from their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The two intensive care-unit nurses were on their way to help fight the novel coronavirus.New York state has been hit the hardest by the virus, with more cases than any other state and more deaths than the 9/11 terror attacks. With so much need, particularly in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has temporarily suspended licensing requirements as part of a plea for doctors and nurses from out of state to come and help.Medical professionals like Edens and Ward have heeded his call, responding to an online post from a staffing agency seeking crisis-traveling nurses.“I feel like it’s our responsibility to step up and do what we’ve been trained to do, and what we’ve known and felt like was our calling to do,” Edens said.The couple are part of a growing wave of hundreds of nurses who will be expected to work 12-hour shifts for 21 days straight. They were hired by a staffing agency, one of many that incentivize the kind of work they’re doing by paying so-called “crisis rates,” which range from about $4,000 to over $10,000 a week — higher than normal rates.Ward said that while the financial incentive is “obviously a big part of what got us here,” the trip to New York City had also sparked a “spiritual shift” for them.“This isn’t going to end in New York,” Edens added. “This is going to be in our backyard at home, and I would hope that some nurses would take a step away from their families for a second and come help us.”The couple were assigned to work overnight shifts in the ICU, albeit at different hospitals in New York City — Ward at one in Manhattan and Edens at one in Brooklyn. In video diaries, in which they spoke about the scenes inside the hospitals over their first few days, Ward and Edens both described the staff as overworked.“It is bad,” Ward said. “They are absolutely overloaded. Patients are incredibly sick. Everyone’s [on a ventilator]. Everybody’s COVID. It’s all the things you would absolutely expect. The nurses, they’re overworked. They’re having a hard time and they’ve been doing this for weeks.”Luke Adams, a critical care nurse from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, committed to a 13-week assignment in a Staten Island hospital. He’s living in a hotel now, but to save money he said that when he first arrived he was sleeping on a baby mattress in the back of his rental car.“You can’t build a nurse, you can’t build a doctor so you have to get them here,” Adams said.The workload has increased dramatically compared to what Adams is used to, he said, noting that normally there would usually be two patients for every one nurse. Now, he has 16 patients to care for.“Having 16 of those critically-ill patients on ventilators and being responsible for all the medications that they’re on … it’s not just me,” he added. “There are other nurses that are there.”He called those nurses whose home base is in New York City, “heroes.”“To the people I work with. To the people in the city. You guys are the real heroes to me because you didn’t have a choice,” he said. “And you just keep showing up, doing your job, and I know it’s hard. I could feel that on the first day.”There are moments where all the hard work pays off, though. Adams said that some of the people who’ve been on ventilators for two weeks or more — an “eternity,” he said — are now coming off.“The success stories are starting to happen. I cannot begin to describe how much that makes a difference, because for two straight weeks, it felt like we were losing,” he said.Adams said he wants his 10-month-old daughter and 8-year-old son to know of that responsibility and why their father answered the call.“Every emergency calls on a different service,” he said. “The skills that I’ve honed over the last 11 years were suddenly in need. … If you have the ability, you have the responsibility and that’s what I want my kids to know.”To his son, Adams said he wanted him to know that “this will pass, and I will be home, so there’s no need to worry.”“I know this was difficult,” he continued. “But the three months that are gone would have paled in comparison to how I would have felt if I didn’t come and help.”With nearly 150,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state — over three times that of New Jersey, which has the second most cases — many health care workers within New York are also stepping out of their specialties to help with the crisis.Dr. William Levine, head of orthopedic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the city, previously operated on shoulders and elbows. Now, he and one of his residents, Dr. Lynn Ann Forrester, are working 12-hour shifts in the emergency room, treating COVID-19 patients.“I was doing stuff that I haven’t done in 25 years,” Levine said. “We have all these ICU beds that never existed and all these patients that are filling those beds who are ventilated, they’re sick and they need care that our emergency room teams and our regular ICU teams cannot cover by themselves — just can’t do it.”Levine said the situation has caused him to break down in tears more “in the last couple of weeks than in the last couple of years,” but then “the weight of this whole experience catches up with you.”Levine won’t stop working on COVID-19 patients until they get word that the number of cases has already plateaued and begun dropping, he said. With 2,400 coronavirus patients in the New York-Presbyterian system and about 650 of them on ventilators, he said they’ve “still got a lot of work to do and a lot of help to get us past this point.”New York-Presbyterian’s President and CEO Dr. Steven Corwin said that 2,000 doctors, 1,000 nurses and 500 general employees within his hospital system have volunteered to be redeployed to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.“The level of commitment has just been extraordinary,” Corwin said. “The outpouring of selflessness is really extraordinary, and it’s a real spirit, it’s the American spirit, it’s the New York spirit, it’s a can-do attitude.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgWhether it’s regulatory developments such as the Dodd-Frank Act or seeking new ways to reach new members, technology is a key compliance tool. But do you need to make yet another investment in yet another system?Not if you have a comprehensive enterprise content management (ECM) solution in house.In the first two parts of this series, we examined how ECM, or document management, revolutionizes human resources and accounting departments. Now let’s see how this technology eases your compliance woes and helps your credit union become entirely connected – and more efficient.Through defined user groups and rights, ECM ensures only appropriate users have access to information. So you don’t have to worry about employees accessing their coworkers’ financial records at your credit union. This increases document security without limiting access.But that’s just the beginning; here are three more ways how ECM can be used as a compliance tool:AuditabilityEvery time a user accesses, views, edits or acts on a document, ECM automatically records the action. It automatically creates audit logs that managers can easily view. These logs are even available to external auditors to save you billable hours and resources.So you don’t need to spend time preparing for audits. No more dusty files to search through.Instead, by electronically capturing all documents and records, you can simply give auditors limited access to your ECM solution. You let auditors search for and find what they need themselves.Records management and retentionComplementing auditability is ECM’s records management, giving you the ability to control and set retention schedules for documentation. That helps with audits or future audits that will happen, making sure you can give auditors easy access to necessary documents while automatically purging documents that should be destroyed.Regardless of what state your organization is located in or what the U.S. government requirements are, or just different individual institutional requirements, you are able to set the proper retention requirements for your documents.To me, that goes hand-in-hand with audit trails. Not only does this combination make preparation for audits easy, it gives you the ability to proactively comply with evolving regulations.TransparencyToday’s credit unions are looking for technology solutions that bring transparency to their business and transactions.With ECM, you can set workflow notifications that automatically inform employees when a document is due for an update or whether it no longer complies with a specific regulation.Or, if it is missing information, you can set up notifications so they are automatically emailed to the employees at your credit union. Not only does this ensure that you’re meeting compliance regulations, but you also don’t have to worry about any potential fines.ECM really helps credit unions stay ahead of any impending regulations ensuring that your employees are up-to-speed, as well as making sure that your systems are secure, auditable, traceable and flexible enough to adapt to whatever changes are heading down the regulatory road.There you go. Three ways to crush compliance concerns.Are you crushing them? Or are they crushing you?In the next part of this series, we’ll take a look at how branches can embrace ECM and be part of your connected credit union. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies cricketers should receive all of their outstanding match fees by the end of this week, but players in the domestic four-day competition will have to wait a bit longer, Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive office Johnny Grave has disclosed.He said CWI has started processing payments for the international male and female cricketers and efforts would be made to do the same for the domestic players in the eight-franchise West Indies Championship earlier this year.The men had not been paid their match fees for the home series – three ODIs and three T20Is – against Ireland in January or the February-March Sri Lanka tour which included three ODIs and two T20Is. The women were owed for the four matches they played in the T20 World Cup in Australia between February and March.“As of the start of this week, we were able to email and contact the international women’s players and confirm that their T20 World Cup match fees will be paid in full this week. We’d already paid the prize money, as I confirmed a few weeks ago, back in March,” Grave said on the Mason and Guest radio show on Tuesday night.“We’ve also confirmed to the men’s international players that their outstanding match fees from both the Ireland series and Sri Lanka series will be paid this week as well. So the international players are being brought up to speed.”However, Grave added: “We’re not yet in a position to do that with the franchise players. We’re working hard to try and resolve that and as I’ve assured all the players and the franchises, it is our number priority from a financial point of view, for us to clear that, and I hope to do so sooner rather than later.”In March, after eight rounds of the 10-round competition, CWI ended the competition and declared point leaders Barbados Tridents the winner of the 2020 tournament. A large percentage of those match fees – for January to March – are outstanding.The delay in paying players has been blamed on CWI’s cash crunch that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic which has curtailed cricket and other sports globally.last_img read more