The reality of health care worker's life, in the age of COVID, and why "get back to work in 5 days, HCW's, or be fired!" requirements is fomenting talk of mass resignations: "I am at a loss for words. I don’t even have the energy to express to my family and friends how shit../1
" days are. It’s sucking the life out of me. I can’t laugh. I can’t smile properly. There are just no words.
I think maybe this is the collapse of the healthcare system in my area. The short staffing isn’t just the nurses, the doctors are so short too"..../2
..."We cant care about things until they are an emergency because there is always an emergency now. We are running from fire to fire watching little flames pop up in this room and that room, but can’t even respond because over here there is a blaze. I am not trained for the".../3
..."acuity of patients I am taking care of. The nursing supervisor was joking how we are a little PCU now. Funny except the ratios didn’t change. And if it’s not acuity, it’s behavior. I can’t run to and fro the same two rooms all night because they are jumping or thinking.../4
"’s time to go to work. I can’t give another IM because we don’t have staff to sit the 1:1. It’s not right.
None of this is right. When people on the other side of the fence, since we are the “sheep” after all, ask how we can feel okay with our actions the truth is".../5
"...I don’t feel okay. None of this is right. I don’t feel good that not only is healthcare collapsing but Facebook algorithms are killing people. I am sorry I didn’t call that family member back. When you ask me why I didn’t I want to say “I haven’t peed in 13 hours. I".../6
..."haven’t documented on a single person. I am so hungry that I can’t think straight. I don’t feel good that you were up all night worrying. I don’t feel good that none of my patients were cared for. I don’t feel good that I can pin point who will be dead in the next week".../7
..."I also don’t feel good about the amount I drink to cope with this shit. I don’t feel good that I chose this profession. I don’t feel good that at the end of the shift all my coworkers look defeated. I don’t feel good that have to force myself to wake up and do it again.../8
..."Healthcare is collapsing. Your nurses are collapsing. I am collapsing and I am so fucking far from alone."

These are the people now being told if they don't come to work, even if COVID+, even if symptomatic, they will be fired. What do you think they're going to do?

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