It’s not just nursing. There is an exodus of the work force in general. Everywhere there is a “now hiring” sign. Many people are fed up with the abuse from customers/pts/management.
I worked previously as a DON in LTC. People were always calling off even pre covid. So I worked, 16 12 hr shifts in a row, with no day off, caring for 40 people entire care from ADLs to meds. I was devastated at how dangerous that was. I begged my company for help, begged my manager for help. I got laughed at. Actually laughed at, and they told me to deal with it because that’s my position. And I was on salary.
And the director of the entire building? She liked to get her nails done, and come to work Tuesday through Thursday 10-4. She didn’t even pick up the phone. “Not her job”. When she was trained to be a PCA…
I was Not even making minimum wage with the hours I was putting in. So yes I left. Had enough of working every holiday, every weekend, every night shift that someone decided they were too hung over to work.
I made peanuts for a wage while everyone else in higher management was busy cashing in. I begged for travelers. They said no because it was too expensive.
there is no loyalty with employment anymore. As a worker, you are used and abused to the extent that they can use you. Employers leverage what they can get out of you and then throw you away.