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Nebraska Med has 'urgent need' for PPE extenders

Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 11:25:21-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Medicine says it has an “immediate need” for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Extenders and are hiring for that position in an “expedited manner.”

The call for help comes as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the state. Nebraska Medicine said the number of coronavirus patients they're caring for went from 50-60 last Monday to about 140 today.

Nebraska Medicine said PPE extenders do not need health care experience and will be trained.

Nebraska Medicine says it has a need for about 20-25 PPE Extenders. The primary role of the position is to assist medical workers with PPE usage to protect staff and patients.

PPE Extenders will instruct and assist health care teams as those workers enter and exit patient rooms.

"They are a very important second set of eyes to make sure all of our bedside colleagues are going through proper PPE procedures," Nebraska Medicine said in a press release.

PPE Extenders will also help with stocking and storage of PPE.

PPE Extenders will not be taking care of coronavirus patients or enter patient rooms.

Even if the need for PPE Extenders dwindle over time, Nebraska Medicine says it has other pathways for those workers if they enjoy working in the healthcare environment.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. If you want to apply, go to

Watch Nebraska Medicine's news conference on the position and need below, or on our Facebook page.

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