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Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

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Specializes in ED, LTACH, Home care, Urgent Care. Has 12 years experience.

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I am curious to find out if anyone has decided to leave their current job due to the risk of this virus? I work in the Emergency Department and we are now being asked to reuse PPE and to prepare for a surge of COVID 19 patients. This makes me sick to my stomach and concerned for my co workers, other patients along with the risk we bring home to our own families.

waufah, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU,Tele,Interventional Radiology,PACU,Research. Has 14 years experience.

My brother a nurse in Boston just quit his job due to lack of PPE. He has two young kids and does not want to put them at risk. We both agree that even Florence would turn in her grave if she saw the conditions we are expected to work in.

Lilysart

Specializes in infusion. Has 41 years experience.

I am considering quitting because I am a senior with asthma. My step-daughter is immunosuppressed and my husband has asthma. It is a difficult decision. I have put in 40 years +. If I do work, I will stay in a hotel or something.

I am considering it. My job is giving raises depending on the results of annual evaluations (up to 4%).

That's nice but I would really rather have temporary health insurance given to me from the hospital since I am per diem and don't qualify instead of paying $200-$300 a month for health insurance. I keep teetering between staying and leaving. It's horrible. =(

4 hours ago, waufah said:

My brother a nurse in Boston just quit his job due to lack of PPE. He has two young kids and does not want to put them at risk. We both agree that even Florence would turn in her grave if she saw the conditions we are expected to work in.

Totally agree! I am of retirement age, working part time, so I resigned after 14 years! No masks, no tests, lots of flu & patients with flu symptoms that are negative for flu. Nope. Not doing it.

On 3/25/2020 at 3:09 PM, Lilysart said:

I am considering quitting because I am a senior with asthma. My step-daughter is immunosuppressed and my husband has asthma. It is a difficult decision. I have put in 40 years +. If I do work, I will stay in a hotel or something.

I hear you. We nurses have nursing in our blood. It's hard to walk away but you did the right thing. Protect yourself & your loved ones!

@cubby777 Did you give 2 weeks notice or did you drop them cold turkey? What would they do if you just don't show up?

I fit the criteria to avoid work because of all the risk factors that apply to me, starting with my age. To be frank, at this point, all things considered, I would love to quit work. Unfortunately, I must work to make ends meet. My rent goes up again on the first. I was past the point of no return on housing many years ago. I have major debt that won't go away by itself. If only there were a way to quit with the increasing costs of living when one stops working. For some of us, it doesn't work that way.

@caliotter3 This whole thing is just making the inequities of certain organizations more apparent. I am sorry you have to go through that. I wish you good health during this difficult and uncertain time.

4 minutes ago, otgd8 said:

@cubby777 Did you give 2 weeks notice or did you drop them cold turkey? What would they do if you just don't show up?

I was already working PRN so I didn't have as much of a commitment. My director was very nice about it. I could have probably asked for a leave of some kind, but wasn't sure if they would go for that.

6 minutes ago, caliotter3 said:

I fit the criteria to avoid work because of all the risk factors that apply to me, starting with my age. To be frank, at this point, all things considered, I would love to quit work. Unfortunately, I must work to make ends meet. My rent goes up again on the first. I was past the point of no return on housing many years ago. I have major debt that won't go away by itself. If only there were a way to quit with the increasing costs of living when one stops working. For some of us, it doesn't work that way.

What about applying for something different or a transfer? Phone nurse? I bet they are needed right now. Even home health might be better than in a hospital which is basically one big petri dish.

CampyCamp, RN

Has 18 years experience.

Consider camp! (This year if the stars align or next year) Directors across the country are currently worried on facebook because nurse applicants are down. The pay is nothing to write home about (if you can even buy a stamp) but it's rewarding, fun, and you'll have an unimaginable relationship with your boss and loads of input (or full independence) with your protocols and supply ordering! Camp dreams will pull me through the next several weeks.