Year of the Nurse
May 6th is National Nurse’s Day, marking the beginning of National Nurse’s Week 2021. The WHO chose “Year of the Nurse” as their theme for 2020, and in honor of their resilience they’ve extended the theme for Nurses Week 2021. It makes perfect sense too, as somehow nurses managed to press forward and endure extreme peril to help bring this pandemic under control, and that remains unchanged this year.
5 Reasons to Celebrate Nurses Week 2021
Nursing is one of those professions that is so prevalent and so essential to everyday life, it’s easy to forget it’s there. But let’s take a moment to check in with nurses and see where they’re at after dealing with an unprecedented year. Here are five trends in nursing that should be reason enough on their own to shine a light on them and celebrate everything they are:
- High-risk work environments – According to the latest CDC data, hospitals and nursing homes continue to be the most high-risk workplaces for transmission of COVID-19, and even with telehealth playing a larger role in patient interactions, in-person care is still needed in several situations. Nurses are the ones who bridge this gap, routinely putting themselves in harm’s way.
- Pandemic has dampened job satisfaction – Nurses are understandably overwhelmed from dealing with pandemic-related stress, and it’s affecting their job satisfaction systemically. Medscape’s 2020 Nurse Career Satisfaction survey showed very little enthusiasm at the end of 2020, with 56% of RNs saying nothing has changed satisfaction-wise and 35% saying it has gotten worse.
- Burnout symptoms prevalent – Increased workplace stress hastens employee burnout, and nurses are feeling the effects in an alarming way. In a study that contrasted nurses’ feelings from 6 months into the pandemic to the end of 2020, two out of three nurses experienced symptoms of burnout, with 12% saying they were either “fully” or “very” burned out.
- Committed to your personal health – In spite of all the added hurdles that have been added to their jobs, nurses are committed to service and derive deep satisfaction from keeping their communities safe. Even after the worst of the pandemic, an overwhelming majority of them said helping people and making a difference in their lives was still the most rewarding aspect of their careers.
- Continues to be the most in-demand profession – Even pre-COVID-19, nursing was always one of the top if not the top occupations in the US and globally for job growth with annual shortages, and that trend has only accelerated since the pandemic. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections report that a staggering 371,500 new RN jobs will be added by the year 2028, and that’s not even counting the subsets outside of RNs, like LPNs, NPs, and CRNAs.
Check-in and Show Thanks
In that same Medscape study, they asked nurses of 2021 if they could do it all over again, would they become a nurse again? More than two-thirds (76%) said yes. After everything that has occurred over the past year, it takes a resilient bunch to maintain that level of dedication to any profession, let alone one that demands so much. Extend a sincere thanks to nurses this Nurse’s Week 2021, and every week!