The coronavirus pandemic has led to a serious shortage of nurses in health care facilities in the United States. They are overworked by hard work and are increasingly being laid off, which further increases the burden on those who remain, the ABC reported on Friday, citing expert data.
“The shortage of nurses is a long-standing problem. But because of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is expected to worsen even more by the end of the year, Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, told ABC. “The nurses and other medical staff are overworked and exhausted.”
Although the salaries of nurses have increased in recent years, many of them, as well as junior medical staff, still face low pay, long working shifts. The staff is not enough. All of this came out vividly during the pandemic, Grant said. Some nurses are thinking about changing their profession, he said. Others simply quit in the midst of a pandemic, thinking they have had enough of what they have been through.
Hospitals in the states most severely affected by the pandemic are offering new workers higher salaries and various additional payments for working in dangerous conditions. This leads to an acute shortage of medical staff in other areas of the country, ABC quotes the president of the Association of Hospitals of South Florida Jamie Caldwell. According to a recent opinion poll commissioned by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, three out of ten US health care workers have considered leaving the profession. 60% of respondents said that the pandemic has led them to burnout at work.