As we close out 2021, it’s important to look back and reflect on the year in nursing. 2020 was especially hard for nurses, and unfortunately, 2021 didn’t provide much relief. Nurses still feel underappreciated, underpaid, understaffed, and overworked. And, who can blame them? They’ve been in the crossfire of this pandemic for almost 2 years now and there seems to be no signs that patient acuity or census is decreasing.
We asked our nursing community to share their feelings about 2021 and this is what we heard:
“2020 and 2021 have proven that nurses are not valued at all. Not one single bit. Zero.”
– Maxine K.
Even more concerning, many nurses are feeling the effects of moral injury and are thinking about leaving the bedside.
“Extremely exhausting, difficult, made me rethink this profession several times all the while knowing that people are depending on me, continuing to get up, get dressed, and go…”
“It’s becoming really hard to go to work! Mentally exhausted!! How much longer can I do nursing?”
“I walked away from bedside in 2021. #nursesgettreatedlikedirt”
– Amanda B.
Travel Nursing and 2021
Although, it does seem like some nurses were able to find the silver lining by expanding their career with travel nursing. Travel nursing was more popular than ever in 2021 and travel nursing pay skyrocketed as the COVID pandemic wore on. Travel nursing isn’t an easy profession and thank you to all of the nurses that have throughout the country helping our communities fight COVID-19!!
“Absolute hell until I left to travel!!”
– Sunshine P.
“Great for me 🤑”
“Left to travel nurse so… GREAT 👏”
– Jo F.
Nursing and 2022- It’s Your Future
Nurses deserve every bit of honor and kudos that come their way, but sometimes that isn’t enough. We want nurses to know that Vivian has your back– we are here to support you and advocate for your profession until nurses as a whole feel they are being treated and compensated fairly. Thanks to one special nurse that kept things positive for us when sharing her thoughts on 2021:
“Better than 2020”
2022 is around the corner and is a great time to think about your future and what you want! Vivian is a great place to start searching for your perfect job, or to sit back, relax and let the offers come to you!
Comment below on what you think we can do to help advocate for the nursing profession!
Cheers and Happy New Year!