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Pandemic Forcing More Nurses To Leave

There is a plethora of articles throughout the country discussing the fact that nurses are leaving the profession due to the pandemic.

Many nurses are frustrated due to the stress and the lack of support.  Many are being forced to reuse PPE, to cancel PTO and to work mandatory overtime.  Overall, most are flat out exhausted if not completely burned out.

According to National Nurses United, “We can’t afford to lose even one more nurse!”

However, the pandemic is not the only reason so many nurses are abandoning their careers.  Workplace violence remains a large factor in why some nurses are calling it quits.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill (H.R. 1195) to address that problem.  It would mandate several OSHA home health care and social service employers responsible for developing and implementing a plan to prevent workplace violence.  Though the bill is expected to come up for a floor vote in the near future, the bill currently is before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

However, on the flip side of this situation, more nurses are applying to nursing school.  So many that there are not enough clinical facilities to train them.  [Story]

What are your thoughts on this crisis?  Let me know by commenting below.

 

2 Comments

  1. Sue Rosen

    This has been on ongoing problem, that has not just happened. I became a nurse 35+ years ago, and I am never sorry for my career choice, it is a remarkable career. However, the unsafe work environment, the lack of adequate staffing, and mandatory overtime are the same conditions that I endured during my time right from the beginning. I worked in high profile areas, burns, ER/Trauma, and there were so many times that I became afraid that someone was going to die under my watch, and I was a damn good healthcare professional that learned quickly, on my feet, that the only thing that our facilities care about is the bottom line. And that, my friends, is what causes burnout.

  2. DeLana Clark

    I believe that if all nurses, (no matter ASN or BSN), were valued, (since we all have to pass boards and continue Ed for our specialties), the profession would continue to be fulfilling. Many experienced nurses are quickly pushed aside for new graduates with BSN’s and Masters degrees but not one iota of clinical experience. If honorary degrees can be given to experts in other fields of study, I believe the same can be done for more experienced nurses who have seen and done more than a classroom can equate to.
    The stresses I had to experience added to the causation of my early retirement. Nurses should be celebrated more than one week out of the year. We should be celebrated every day.

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