Hospitals struggle to cope with flu season, nursing shortage

Associated Press, January 22, 2005

Providence - With flu season well-established, Rhode Island's hospitals are once again straining to find room for the sick, a process they say is complicated by a nursing shortage. ... The call was to alert the hospitals that, if the crowding continued, the health director was prepared to order them to cancel elective surgery and prevent staff from leaving at the end of their shifts. ... Hospitals struggle to cope