Episode summary introduction:
Looking back on 2021, I was more optimistic than I was looking back at 2020. We have come a long way in just one year but still have so much further to go in healthcare and as a nation in 2022. Today Ashley and I have decided to pick an article or news story that has interested us this year.
A Morning Consult survey noted 31% of the remaining health care workforce have considered leaving their current employer, while 66% of acute and critical care nurses have considered leaving their profession, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
The report also noted between 35 and 54% of American nurses and physicians felt burned out already before the pandemic began, overwhelmed by the death, trauma and stress that are just part of the standard job description for being a physician or nurse, but the COVID-19 pandemic magnified all of it in a way that became demoralizing and unstainable for some.
Reading about the great resignation, specifically with nurses in mind, had my wheels turning. Is there really a nursing shortage? Or is there now a growing list of nurses who are no longer willing to accept donuts and pizza (if that). So I decided to pull some numbers.
The total number of RN’s( this includes diploma, ASN and BSN ) that passed the NCLEX in 2020 was 177,407. Now, these are NEW nurses taking the NCLEX for the first time.
I’m not sure how I feel about unions, and have not done enough research to speak on the subject. However, I wonder what it will take to give nurses a voice. Fair compensation and safer working environments do not seem like a lot… Would love to hear yalls thoughts on this. Are you pro-union or not?