Recruiting and retaining health care workers amid unprecedented global staffing shortages is a top priority for health care institutions. It is especially important in HLIUs, where the readiness of a unit and its staff to respond to a special pathogen has serious consequences. These facilities are equipped with specialized engineering and administrative controls and run by highly trained teams to care for patients with high-consequence infectious diseases.
Identifying challenges and testing solutions for sustaining a health care workforce that is highly capable and highly trained in special pathogens prior to a real-world disease surge can help prevent system failure, protect health care workers, and enhance the safety of patients and the community.
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