The Pulse of the Profession
Welcome to the ShiftMed blog where we discuss everything nursing, from professional insights to healthcare holidays to helpful hints for working with us.
Amidst the Great Resignation across the US, the nursing shortage continues to grow and strain healthcare workers and hospital resources. More and more Americans, and especially nurses, are exiting the traditional workforce to gain more control over their schedules and achieve work-life balance through gig economy jobs. Last year alone, the number of independent workers increased 34% – that's over 13 million new gig workers in the US.
As a healthcare professional, how would you sum up your work-life balance in 2022? Like most of the CNAs, LPNs, and RNs we surveyed for our Annual State of Nursing Report, you probably feel physically and emotionally exhausted. In this post, we'll talk about what's happening in the profession and how you can prevent nurse burnout by taking back control of your life.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world got a hard look at the nursing profession. Everyone hailed nurses as heroes (which they always have been), watching them battle mental and physical exhaustion and burnout on the frontlines of care. It was apparent nurses weren't okay. Today, they still aren't okay—and our 2022 State of Nursing Survey results reflect that. But, as you'll see, there are specific incentives that would make them feel differently.
Nothing is more irritating than arriving at a facility ready to work only for your shift to be canceled—and it’s even worse if you’ve secured childcare and wasted gas. We know cancellations are a common frustration among healthcare professionals who work through nursing jobs apps. But claiming shifts with ShiftMed is different.
Whether you’re taking care of a family member at home or a patient in the hospital, the care and compassion you provide are nothing short of amazing. And it’s why we want to celebrate everyone in healthcare on National Caregivers Day. But there’s more to this observed holiday than meets the eye.