COVID simply brought to light what Nurses have been experiencing for decades. Your Heroes never felt like Heroes, instead they felt used and abused by Politics and the Pandemic. Worse, they feel their community and their Employers have turned on them one overwhelming Hospital surge to the next.
If you don’t believe me, visit a Local Hospital near you and just ask random Nurses. Their story will not differ much from the next Nurse in another City, State or Country.
Nursing Shortage will get worse every year because no one is fixing the real problem sincerely and honestly.
Underpaid, overworked, forced to risk their health and lives, Nurses are tired of Hospital CEO’s and Management lies, abuse, indifference and threats. So they leave.
Those who stay developed suppressed PTSD, Phobia, Anxiety and Depression. Suicide among Nurses and Doctors are not uncommon. Similar triggers includes COVID with its compounding burden and curses that leads to Professional Burn Out and Personal Breakdown.
Medical Professionals are the last to seek help, that is if they find the courage to reach out for help. Mostly, they keep swimming until they sink or reach victory.
The next Generation of Nurses are different. They are the Generation Z Nurses who are big on work that sees and listens to them. Their loyalty, dedication and trust are earned by those who gives them happiness, purpose, attention and big pay. They don’t care if a hospital is a “Magnet.” They do care if it’s repulsive or not in its treatment of Medical Staff.
Old School Employer attitude and practices will not work with Gen Z. Exactly why we have the Great Resignation problem now. They leave when unhappy and will not tolerate injustice and usual work discrimination the previous generations allowed to go on.
Can the Generation Z New Nurses handle the overall Stress, Demands, Sickness and Deaths Older, Trained and Experienced Nurses have to endure in the New World of COVID? Will they stay in Bedside Care post orientation and 2 years experience?
Within 5 years, we will desperately import Nurses from third world countries.
My Son is Gen Z, and Nursing is the last in his Career List. He describes his Dream Job as easy, quick, earns lots of money, enjoyable, fun and makes him happy. No Stress. More Freedom and flexibility. Obviously, that is not Nursing is real life. His idea of “Work Less, Earn More,” are just one of the millions of Gen Z in YouTube, Insta, Tech World and eBay doing them already.
Again, New Nurses are very different from the Baby Boomers, the Gen X, the Gen Y and the Millennials. My Son’s thinking, attitude and behavior will be very different from mine if he decides to be a Nurse. And that’s a big if.
Gen Z gets paid with money for their passion, Older Generations makes money to buy their passion or have time for their passion. Very different.
World Gen Z is real. Their Dreams are real. They are Globally Diverse very much into Collaboration, Trends, Tech Evolution, Stocks, Bitcoin Investments, Online Marketing. They are their own Brand, Boss and Spokesperson. In minutes to hours, they can create Viral Memes, Videos, Images and Stories that catches the World attention, make tons of Followers and yes, lots of quick, easy money . Gen Z are the Future and Older Adults need to seriously listen, learn, focus and invest on them.
Who are the Generation Z? They are Children and Young Adults born in 1997 – 2012 with age from 10 – 25.
The Millennials used to the “In” group, born from 1981 – 1996, aging from 26 – 41. Gen Z are now the Popular Kids and calls Millennials, “Old.” Which means me, being a Gen X, born 1965– 1980 and aging from 42– 57, my Son and his Friends sees me as a “Dinosaur.” Getting Old is both cruel and funny.
Mr. Montero is a Gen Z and is already changing the World at 16. He is advocating for himself and other Teenagers in America to be able to decide for themselves to get COVID vaccine or not. He is trying to pass a Law so Teenagers like him doesn’t have to sneak out and risk themselves traveling to other cities that allows vaccination without Parental Consent. Link is his video audio interview by NPR, which I thought was very impressive and important. He spoke his truth and acted on his Truth that many Parents are denying their Children who are old enough to make mature, reasonable decisions. Teenagers should be entitled to own their Bodies and Choices when the decisions of Parents and Guardians places the Teenagers safety and health at risk.
The World is in chaos because the Old refuses to give up the World to the Young and the Better. The Old refuses to give up Power, Money and Fame because they are in themselves drugs and addiction. The Young are the Hope of our Nation but we Adults don’t want to share that Hope because it’s too addicting to let go. We are afraid to loose everything when we could have anything.