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  1. Nurse Beth

    Nurses are Fleeing the Hospital

    Here are some conversations that are taking place at hospitals everywhere across the country. Do they sound familiar? “Did you hear Kim is leaving?” “Kim !?? Kim in Step down?? Nooo! You don’t mean Kim! She’s been here forever!” “Ya! and I hear 2 more step down nurses turned in their notice.” Nurses left behind while their colleagues and friends grieve the loss. Years, decades, even, of experience walk out the door, leaving those behind to pick up the slack and cope with working with an inexperienced workforce. Later on at the same hospital, at the evening command center safety huddle, it's reported that 28 nurses are out on leave. The educators in Staff Development are informed that 26 travelers are coming on Tuesday of this week, and must be onboarded. Where are all the nurses going? My sister works in a hospital across the country from me and nurses are running out of her hospital as well. “Where are they going?”, I ask. “Anywhere”, she says. “Just out of here.” Tipping Point It’s one thing to work hard and pull together for a national emergency. It’s another to work hard with no end in sight and to not feel valued. COVID was the tipping point. COVID took a stressed-out, unappreciated workforce and pushed it over the edge. Exhaustion coupled with unappreciation equals nurses talking with their feet. Conversations continue. “I saw the MedSurg manager taking care of patients this morning!.” “Seriously, did she even have Pyxis access? She hasn’t worked bedside in 8 years! How come the charge nurse isn’t taking patients instead?" “She is! She’s charge and has a full load.” Anger The boilerpot situation breeds deep frustration and anger...and anger wants a target. Staff who have worked at their hospital day in and day out, month after month, year after year, are orienting travelers making twice as much pay. Meanwhile, staff nurses’ phones are blowing up with requests begging them to stay later, come in earlier, and work on their days off. Nurses are angry at managers and Directors who are seen as out of touch and insensitive. Administration blames managers if their staff leave. “We all know employees leave or stay because of their managers.” Ironically administration rarely asks nurses themselves what it would take for them to stay. Brenda, an NP who loves ED medicine, is quitting and going to work in a plastics office because she can no longer tolerate the chaos. When COVID resurged with the Delta Variant, and the ED staff was stocking tents erected in the parking lot in 108 degree weather, she texted her manager to see about getting some flats of chilled bottled water for the staff. Her manager texted back she was out getting body work done on her car. Nurses are angry when work gets shifted to them from other departments. An out-of-ratio ICU RN caring for 3 ICU level patients with one patient alone on 4 different antibiotics went to the Pyxis only to discover that suddenly this morning, she has to mix and label her own antibiotics. She calls Pharmacy and is told, “It’s because we’re short-staffed”. Nurses are angry at patients who brought this on themselves. Nurses put their lives on the line once for over a year, but many aren’t willing to do it again for people who could have been vaccinated but chose not to. Lack of Trust Signs on patient doors say PAPR required for aerosol inducing procedures...what..? We aren’t routinely given PAPRs, just N95s! Is the sign wrong? Or is the practice wrong? Are we at risk? Why can’t we trust the information we’re given? Nurses are practicing in chaos with conflicting directions and changing guidelines. Discovering that they weren’t protected after all. There’s distrust in government agencies and hospital administrations. Leaving Begets Leaving “I heard 3 nurses turned in their notice on 7SE.” “Wow. Maybe I’ll quit, too.” Leaving is contagious. It starts as a trickle and ends up a flood. I’m not at all sure it’s possible to stop it midstream, but could it have been prevented? What do you think? Why are nurses quitting?
  2. I keep hearing all over social media nurses are leaving nursing, as many as 25% in past year was a stat I read in article. If so many people are leaving where are they going, we still have to make a living and I’m just curious do you see nurses quitting all together where you work? I haven’t seen this but I keep reading it, is it another false media story. If so what are they doing for money.
  3. Mississippi's nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout 'It feels like we're fighting an unwinnable war': Nurse on decision to resign.
  4. Emergent

    I Think I'm Done With Nursing

    I'm taking a 3-month medical leave of absence due to stress from nursing. Anyone who is currently working with me will recognize who I am. Basically, covid has killed nursing for me. It has made it into a macabre profession. I am now a full-blown claustrophobic thanks to the masking mandate, and all the other regulatory BS that has taking over everything. I hate what nursing has become. I hope to continue to lead a healthy life, and then die before the medical industrial complex gets its hands on me. I've told my children that I want to die a natural death and I want only a graveside Christian burial when my time comes.
  5. CeeLoo_xo

    Leaving after 4 months...

    Hello! I need some advice. So I currently work as a night RN on a telemetry/designated COVID unit. I've been at my hospital for almost 2 years. I started out as a PCT (doing all shifts) then transitioned into the RN role back in September. I have came to the realization that I just don't know if hospital nursing is for me anymore. I know they say the first year of being a nurse is always hard, but even as an aide I had this feeling it just was not for me. IDK if its the hospital I work at (it's a small hospital) but we are constantly understaffed, have extremely high acuity patients, and since beginning my nursing role, I've been constantly stressed to the point where I just dread going to work. I didn't even get to finish my RN orientation nor have I gotten the support I thought I was going to have when coming off orientation. I have been applying to Drs. Offices, clinics, and schools and I have gotten call backs. I just need some honesty... do I look like an *** leaving after only being an RN for 4 months? I just I never gave myself that time to focus on my own health and well-being but I just feel so bad too (because I'm just that type of person who always puts others first).
  6. Curious1alwys

    Where do I go from here?

    If you realized about you that you have horrible performance anxiety when it comes to nursing skills (and therefore suck at most of them), don't want to take care of people anymore (life or death responsibility-I run from codes ugh), don't enjoy dealing with doctors but LOVE LOVE LOVE helping people and providing information that is considered your specialty.............where would you go with your career? I have a BSN. Wondering where I could go for this even if it was outside of nursing. You know, the perfect fit. I tried, I did. But I just don't think the hands on part of nursing is for me. Thank you for your insight.
  7. lilly-may

    New grad Nurse quits nursing

    Hi, I'm a new grad nurse who graduated with a bachelor's in paediatric nursing in sept 19. Throughout nursing school I had my doubts whether nursing was truly for me, I completely dreaded clincials. Never had a huge interest in anatomy and physiology but enough to complete assignments. I'm extremely introverted, not particularly a people person with very high anxiety. Which meant minimal interaction and participation in seminars. So I was also very surprised to make it to graduation, though i was a motivated and keen student nurse. During my clinical rotation I received positive feedback, but as they say you can be the most competent student nurse and still struggle as a new grad. I applied and started my first new grad job at a general busy paeds unit in Oct 19, lasted 2 months. I extended my oreintation from 3 weeks to the full 2 months i was there because i never felt confident taking on 6 patients independently. I hated it, the clinical enviroment, lack of interest in cases and working independently. The sadness took over me every single shift, even on my days off. Huge anxiety, and depressed days. Note: in my final year of nursing school i had my first stab of depression which was treated and now resolved. Missing all the red flags during nursing school. I did change my speciality and now i'm 4 weeks into my new grad post at a level 3 NICU. Oreintation is 6 weeks, and truth is nursing is not for me. My interest in A&P is not a lot which is core part to nursing, communication is key and i'm too introverted to even talk to my co workers and patients. Non clinical roles are not possible as a new grad in my region. I've given nursing 2 attempts now, surely this is enough for me to leave nursing now? I'm 23 and so unhappy. I know nursing is a well paid occupation, but my mental health and well being is affected so much. I have immense respect for nurses, and enough to know it is not for everyone. Any advice? Anyone know others in the same position. Thanks x