There has already been a substantial surge in healthcare quits during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 as well as 2021 compared to 2018, as per a study published in JAMA Health Forum recently.
It is well to be noted that early in the pandemic, researchers went on to find most departing workers quit without having a new job in hand. But by 2021, workers had growingly left healthcare positions in order to pursue roles across other industries.
Though turnover happened to be high, employment rates remained comparatively stable throughout 2021 because of the industry’s capacity to attract new talent. But researchers said new hires across the pandemic often had a dearth of experience and were hired across non-healthcare professions.
This study, which went on to evaluate job data between 2018 and 2021, goes on to add to the research suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic worsened healthcare staffing as well as care quality concerns.
A number of black and female professionals who were disproportionate went on to leave their existing healthcare roles during the study, whereas fewer black workers entered the field. The researchers went ahead and warned that continued poor recruitment as well as retention of black workers were impeding patient care.
Apart from this, healthcare organizations pushed up the hiring of unemployed individuals and workers that did not have healthcare backgrounds in 2021 by almost 30% and 20%, respectively, as compared to 2018.
Healthcare professionals, especially nurses, went on to remark that the high levels of burnout across COVID pushed seasoned professionals to look out for early retirement or alternate jobs, thereby contributing to a brain drain in the sector.
Across the country, the median time that nurses went on to work for their organizations dipped by 19.5% between March 2021 and March 2022, as per a study from Epic.