WHY NURSES ARE GOING ON STRIKE


Nurses strike outside a California hospital in 2018. Photo: Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

It’s no secret that there is a short supply of nurses available to fill the jobs necessary to care for patients. This will only continue to get worse as many more continue to gain access to health care coverage.

Micro View: Pay and health benefits play a big factor when workers decide to go on strike. However, nurses making an average salary of at least $72,000 are consistently unhappy and frustrated about how understaffed they are at the hospitals.

Macro View: Jaimy Lee of LinkedIn recently reported that nurses are in high demand which has led to “high-pressure work culture” and “emotional burnout”. This, combined with managing a heavy caseload has pushed many nurses to walk out.

Nursing strikes have been scheduled at several different hospitals in California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Vermont

What’s next: Aware of the shortage, hospitals are continuing to put an emphasis on hiring temporary nurses and making efforts to retain nurses, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service.