Calling all nurses! Do you work nights, weekends, and holidays? Do you work overtime every week to pay the bills? Or maybe you work overtime because there isn’t enough staff and you feel responsible when your co-workers have to work short-handed. Do you have nursing shortage burnout?
I originally wrote this article in late 2018. The statistics were real, but then COVID hit, so I revisited this article in May of 2020. Today a year later, with the pandemic and nurses retiring, the shortage is nearing panic mode.
I have friends who are working in 15-bed emergency rooms with 2 nurses with all 15 beds full. I bet you can identify with these horribly dangerous situations. Patients are coming in and abusing the nurses. Large hospitals are closing.
Have you been working during COVID-19 with very little support from the hospital administration? Have you been told to wear the same mask and gown for 2 or 3 days at a time because they cost too much to throw away? Have you been told to take Tylenol or Advil before you come to work so you won’t have a fever?
Are you worried about your family, so you isolate yourself from them, and you miss them so so much? Is it time for a change?
When Will The Shortage End?
According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics;
By the year 2022, more than 500,000 baby boomer R.N.s will retire. This drop in the nursing workforce will present a need for 1.1 million new R.N.s to avoid the nursing shortage.
1.1 million!!! You’ve got to be kidding. These numbers are of catastrophic proportion. 2022 is just 1.5 short years away.
As a nurse, you may be thinking all you have to do is hang in there and work overtime for only two more years. But after the COVID-19 pandemic, you know you have to make a change right now. You can’t take the chance of putting your family in harm’s way.
And if you are of retirement age, you can’t continue to expose yourself. Right now, you know the world needs you, but after this is all over, how many nurses will escape the nursing shortage burnout.
The Nursing Shortage Is Not Going To End
The nursing shortage is not going to end in 2022; it will only become an insurmountable problem. Nursing schools are also affected by the nursing shortage. Nurses teach in schools, and the lack of nurses to run the programs is also causing issues.
Nursing schools across the nation are turning down applicants to the tune of 56,000 highly qualified undergraduates. The rejected applicants carry excellent GPAs. But now, we may not have to worry about turning down applications. Our young won’t want to go into a profession that lacks support.
Nursing Shortage Burnout
The nursing shortage is not going to end. You will be working overtime and risking your life, and eventually, you will be required to step up your game to include “on-call” shifts. I am sure you have been a victim of this during these difficult times.
What else will hospitals do? They can’t just let sick patients lie in a bed without care, and since you are working for an institution, they will put the heavyweight on you to help solve the problem.
What will you do? You enjoy nursing, and you became an R.N. to help others. But at what expense will you stay in this profession? You have become a victim of the system, and your family, health, and license may suffer.
On September 6, 2018, I retired from E.R. nursing. I am a baby boomer R.N. The hours and workload were becoming too much for me to handle physically. There was no way I could continue for 4 or 5 more years.
Take Care Of Yourself First
What about you? Are you a generation x, millennial, or a baby boomer, and how long can you keep up with this increasing demand on your mind and body? NOW is the time to start a plan to save yourself from the evolution of health care.
I know, the caring part of you says you can’t abandon your co-workers. But the truth is each one of you can make the same choice to care for yourself. Do you think that staying in nursing is going to change what is coming around the corner? Nursing shortage burnout is real!
You are the temporary solution the hospitals will use to care for the patients and keep their doors open. You have been a part of the problem and the solution to the pandemic. The hospitals did not stand behind your safety. Now I know a few did, but the majority are under such financial constraint even before the pandemic. They could not afford more PPE to ensure your safety. Their solution was to tell you to sacrifice your well-being for the better good of the institution, not for the better good of the patient.
Are you willing to sacrifice your entire being to solve their problem? I am going to offer you a way to rescue yourself from the nursing shortage burnout.
What Can You Do?
In all of my nursing career, I wanted to learn something besides nursing. I loved taking care of others, but it was so difficult raising a family working swing shifts. I was rarely home for holidays and family gatherings. I always knew that nursing shortage burnout would affect me one day. But I never knew what I could do that would pay the kind of income I made as a nurse.
When I began my online internet business, it took me a few years to get it going before I found a place to teach me how to make money with it. After I really learned how to monetize my site, it is a great way to make an income at home.
Have you ever thought, “I can’t do this” because I just don’t know enough about it? Well, before you started nursing, you couldn’t do it either until you went to school and had training. This is no different than learning a new career.
Let me share some truth. Owning an internet business does have its challenges, but it does allow you to stay home with your family and be there for holidays and special times. Is your nursing job easy? NO, it is not!
Power Up To Begin
Beginning now is imperative. It takes time to set your business up with the training, and it takes time to make money. No one can guarantee what amount of time because you will get out of your business what you put in.
But let me give you a ballpark idea regarding the amount of time in months. Someone who works an affiliate marketing business full time and follows all the training steps may expect to see income 6 months on average. So, if you are working this business part-time, you can double six months or triple it if you only operate it on the weekend.
There is no guarantee of the income you will make. It is dependent on you and your output. But please remember, nursing may be sucking the life out of you, and nursing shortage burnout is real. Now is the time to get rolling so you can work from home and make a passive online income.
Make It Happen
Maybe you are thinking, “I don’t have time for this because you are required to work overtime to take care of so many sick patients, or do you lack time because you are burnt out and exhausted because of nursing shortage burnout? You have nothing to give back when you are off work. What will happen after the pandemic? Is hospital administration standing behind you supporting you, or are they pushing you? Now is the time to start and plan for your future. Don’t wait until you feel trapped into mandatory overtime with no choice of how to protect yourself and your family.
The decision is ultimately yours to make. I am offering a way for you to take care of yourself and your family in a business that can potentially create an income comparable to and most likely above what you make now.
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Because I worked in nursing for 43 years, I know what is happening; I am compelled to share this with every nurse in the world. I want you to have a way out of the job that is sucking you dry. If you love nursing as I did, then work part-time and do an online business full time. Take control of your life.