Nurse Alice writes letter to “future nurses who feel discouraged”
Dear future nurse,
I know you have seen and heard a lot on blogs, social networks and on TV how your future colleagues are tired, exhausted, understaffed, don’t feel valued or paid and some are considering leaving or have left the job. bedside, resulting in the shortage of nurses.
The truth is, there has been a slow growing shortage of nurses for some time now, but the pedal hit metal once the pandemic hit to exacerbate and worsen the effects of compassion fatigue, dangerous staff ratios, overwork and underpaid as we put our lives on the line during a deadly pandemic. And in this process, revealed how our healthcare system is even more broken. Not only does he not properly care for those in need of health care, but he has also done a horrible job of retaining, supporting and protecting the vast majority of those who work there – NURSES.
There are over 4.2 million nurses, which makes us the largest segment of the healthcare workforce. And not only that, but we are the only healthcare professional role that works in all possible spaces. Wherever there is a need for patients, you will find nurses. This includes schools, correctional facilities, home care, hospitals, robberies, military, government, and many more.
But before I get into the thick of it, I want to let you know that you are needed, so don’t give up on your dream of becoming a nurse. And I don’t just want to say that we need you as a FTE or warm body to fill a vacancy, but we need your light and your energy to help illuminate the path that nursing is moving towards. directed. We need your passion, enthusiasm, innovation and creativity to inspire, empower and implement changes that will improve our profession.
So let’s talk about your background. Many nursing students I know question their career choices. They fear that they will not be successful in nursing school because of all the stops, starts and transitions that have taken place in classes and clinics. Some worry that nursing school won’t prepare them to be nurses and that hospitals will just throw you to the wolves while you orient yourself and get on board. These are real feelings with real consequences. Has this happened to some, yes – but I promise we are working on it! And I will fight for you. We are fighting for you now, so please don’t give up on the dream. We will need you as future nurse leaders to continue the burden not only for yourself but for others. And then, as a nurse leader, you will one day pass the baton to another nurse leader.
So think back to why you first wanted to be a nurse. Hold on to this dream. Fight for this dream. Live your dream. You’re not alone. We are stronger together. And together we can overcome this.
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From your future nurse colleague,