WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – “We just don’t have enough nurses there,” said Debra Robinson.

Robinson has been a nurse for over 40 years. She says that right now the need for nurses and other health care workers is greater than ever.

“I’m not sure there will be enough to take care of us,” said Robinson. “I have to stay healthy, because… I’m just not sure if there will be enough if I were to get sick. Yeah, and that’s scary. It’s really scary.”

Just before the pandemic, Robinson became a traveling nurse, which she says many hospitals in the United States are using due to lack of workers.

“We don’t have the same amount of staff to take care of our patients. This time around we are going to run out of staff before we run out of beds,” Commissioner Sarah Lopez said at the county committee meeting. from Sedgwick Tuesday morning.

Lopez says the recent spread of the Delta variant combined with the nursing shortage is a recipe for disaster.

“Right now the number of hospitals is doubling pretty much every week and at the rate it continues, if it continues in the same direction, we just won’t have the staff to take care of these patients,” Lopez said.

Data from the Kansas Hospital Association shows that 13 different hospitals in Kansas are forecasting a critical staff shortage with new figures released every Wednesday.

And the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, mainly the delta variant, has increased.

Robinson wants people to get vaccinated and protect themselves to turn things around.

“And you just have to put a mask on really people, it’s that simple. We don’t take away the rights of anyone. We try to protect everyone,” Robinson said.