We are "bleeding" nurses (and aides, PT/OT, dietary and EVS).
Covid has a horrible impact on healthcare. Nurses have been sick, tired of the stress of worrying about getting the virus, getting yelled at. Being the only human contact that pts get.
Then the newer grads from last Spring, never had hands-on experience. Right now, we have 17 new nurses that are supposed to start in the next 2 months. On my unit there are about 10 nurses total that have more than 5 years of experience. We have nurses that have been there a year precepting new grads. We are not staffed ideally.
I am hoping that we can find a way to stop the cycle and get a good crew to stay together. As one that has been on the same unit for 8 1/2 years, I desperately want some consistency. Nursing is so hard. It is so frustrating that there is this "grass is greener" mentality and when it isn't, they leave nursing. I have a friend that graduated not quite a year ago and is on her 3rd job already.
I don't know what the answer is, but it IS hard. I still love bedside nursing and it has been hard, but I don't believe it is any better anywhere else. I work for a large non-profit teaching hospital and they have been really good to us. They are trying, at least.