The industry lost approximately half a million workers since February 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Nurses spent a year battling a largely unknown assailant. Running low on gear. Fearing we might bring something deadly home. Getting coughed on by people who pretended that our fights were imaginary, that our struggles—watching people die, day after day, no matter what we did—were literally fake,” an intensive care nurse wrote in a new book chronicling her poignant experiences during the height of the pandemic.
The report explains that the reasons for leaving are many. Some are too traumatized to work anymore, others are forced out, suffering from long-term side effects after contracting COVID-19, a proportion lost their jobs, while many decided to leave the profession on their own volition.