AUGUSTA – More than half of the approved state public health nursing jobs are vacant.
Now, some legislators say it’s time to fill those jobs. In fact, some say with the opioid crisis, rising infant morality rates and an increase of infectious disease patients in rural regions the public health nurses are needed more than ever.
Senator Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, said “The legislation that I and a number of other legislators are introducing, with strong bi-partisan support, would require the center for disease control and the department of health and human services to hire back public health nurses so that we have the strength and we have the capacity to take care of the people of Maine.”
The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on the bill today. Now, it could be several days before this bill makes its way to the full legislature.