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]
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