Mass Exodus of Staff RNs…

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The majority of my staff RN coworkers have left to go traveling. I would say that core staff is now 95% travelers. There are only 2-3 mid shift staff RNs left, and I’m also leaving in July. Night shift is staffed with only new RNS straight out of residency.. oh boy…

How are other ERs doing? 

Specializes in Emergency Room, CEN, TCRN. Has 5 years experience.

I left to go traveling last Summer when rates were insane. They dropped to the point where it was barely more profitable to travel d/t duplicate expenses. The hospital system I traveled to had a huge portion of their staff made up of various travelers. Towards the end of my last contract they stopped approving extensions and started to cancel or reduce the rates of their higher-paid travelers, and their staffing started to get bad.

I left and went back to my old hospital. We've got very few travelers, a lot of the same staff before I left. In general, it's a pretty easy hospital, union protected, and great ratios. A lot of travelers stay just because it's a pretty chill ER to work in. We're a level II and we see a decent volume of traffic but we generally only have 3:1 ratios. 

Specializes in ER. Has 37 years experience.
On 6/13/2022 at 2:33 PM, JY0125 said:

The majority of my staff RN coworkers have left to go traveling. I would say that core staff is now 95% travelers. There are only 2-3 mid shift staff RNs left, and I’m also leaving in July. Night shift is staffed with only new RNS straight out of residency.. oh boy…

How are other ERs doing? 

About the same here. In the past two years over half the team left to travel, and we have had days where there are just one or two staff and the rest are travelers. 

We had problems recruiting before all this, mainly because of the slow onboarding process. People give up waiting and take jobs elsewhere.

 

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