In America today, the healthcare industry is facing a lot of challenges. Many professionals in this field were overwhelmed during the height of COVID.
There has also been a lot of mistrust directed towards the healthcare industry, due to pushes for mandatory masking, vaccine passports, and other measures that did not stop COVID as advertised.
In spite of these challenges, however, America needs the medical field. In fact, without doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, society would run into one lasting catastrophe after the next.
This is what makes it so scary that one-third of nurses are ready to depart from the field altogether, according to Yahoo News.
Breaking Down the Numbers and the Situation
An AMN Healthcare Services Inc. survey shows that about 30% of nurses feel overwhelmed post-COVID and are getting ready to quit their jobs in the healthcare field.
This is alarming, since back in 2021, only 23% of nurses said the same. The data shows that as time passes, more (rather than less) medical professionals are deciding the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.
One-third of US nurses plan to quit profession – report https://t.co/W9CB6NjNxT pic.twitter.com/iWX9FT7799
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 1, 2023
Nurses have also been clear about what they believe is necessary in order for working in the profession to remain viable. For starters, the survey reveals over six in ten nurses want to be in workplaces that feel safer.
Meanwhile, nearly seven in ten nurses are aiming for higher pay.
Averting the Crisis
If 30% of nurses across the United States opt to quit their jobs, this is going to be nothing short of a disaster. Right now, America needs more healthcare professionals, not less of them.
anyone needing a personal nurse ? i’m about to quit 😆 pic.twitter.com/rndMEpJcum
— ً ☆ SHAY BIRTH !!!!!! (@selfsbotage) April 30, 2023
Now is the time for this country to take action that averts the crisis. This means not only encouraging our nurses to keep working, but also making the profession attractive enough for future nurses to join the field.
The simple fact is that between Americans’ lifestyle choices and health challenges, this country can’t afford to come up short in the medical field.