An Arkansas hospital is so desperate to fill open positions it is offering signing bonuses of up to $25,000.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, has 360 health care vacancies, with 230 specifically being for nurses, reported CNN.
As COVID-19 begins to ramp up again in the southeastern state with cases increasing by almost 900 percent through the latter half of July, the hospital - and its staff - are now overwhelmed.
Morale among the health care workers is low, and some are even walking out on the job due to intense pressure.
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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock (pictured) is offering new hires signing bonuses of up to $25,000 amid a COVID surge in Arkansas
'Teams are stretched thin. People are frustrated. People are very tired,' Dr Cam Patterson, UAMS chancellor, told CNN.
'We are down a significant number of positions here, because we just don't have enough nurses that we can recruit to come here and help us to take care of patients.'
Working in a hospital for the past 17 months has been tough on health care workers.
Swells of cases creates a huge workload for everyone in the facility.
Physicians are also seeing a lot of death, and due to pandemic restrictions, nurses often have to comfort patients in their final moments in lieu of their families.
This can take a toll on a persons mental health.
'I've had moments where I've sat in my car and cried before I came to work, before I came in,' Takela Gardner, a nurse at UAMS, told CNN.
'I've.. literally just sat there and cried because I didn't know what I was coming into.'
Arkansas's COVID-19 situation took off in mid-July, with the state suffering one of the worst