Do they have job openings posted that they're recruiting for?
OP, I hear you, and I completely agree with your stance. It sucks. However, it might help to consider the other side...
I am the manager of a busy primary care clinic. We are currently short three MAs, due to maternity leave and movement around the organization. I am actively recruiting for their replacements with no luck so far. I am NOT of the philosophy of "any warm body" because ultimately it will hurt the department to do that. So I'm actually trying to find quality employees. We've been fortunate that this is happening in the Summer when many clinicians are taking vacations, and we have "surplus" staff. But in August and September, staffing looks UGLY.
Unrelated to that, senior leadership is wanting to reward all the clinics for the hard work everyone has done over the last 18 months with the pandemic, furloughs, etc. So they have told all the clinic leadership to throw a party in each clinic, and they've given us a budget of $12/person.
So while we're working short-staffed, we are also throwing a day of celebration in the clinic with games and prizes and food. Do the optics look *** on the surface? Sure they do. Am I simply ignoring the staffing problem and throwing a party at it? *** no, I'm actually not. I literally lose sleep at night, thinking about staffing in the coming months.
Grumbling about it to coworkers is not going to truly address the problem, and it's going to make you look bad, and it affects the morale of the department. How about setting up a meeting with your manager in order to seek to understand each other, explain how the short-staffing affects you and your coworkers, and find out if they are taking active efforts to hire additional nurses? If the answer is no, they're not actively trying to recruit, then there's your answer. I'd suggest looking for another job.