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  1. Half of America needs to go on strike.

    No vacation, no sick time, no raises, and long hours.

    What’s the point of life if all you do is work to make a few people rich?

  2. Anecdotally, I know many in the medical laboratory that have left the field. Our wages haven’t increased in any meaningful way and our worker shortages are worse than ever.

    At some point, many are asking if it’s worth it. Others are taking up travelling positions. The logic is: “If I am going to be stressed all the time, I might as well be getting paid for it.” I have been considering both camps. Health IT with it’s higher wages in permanent positions or doing travel work for more than double the pay sounds tempting. Being a permanent healthcare worker is getting worse every day.

    I was attracted to healthcare since I wanted to help people. Altruism doesn’t pay the bills, though. If I am stressed all the time and can’t afford to pay my bills, what’s the point?

  3. The pandemic? Shoot, most of us were burned out before the pandemic. We have been understaffed, underpaid, and overworked for decades. We’re managed by administrators who have never assessed a patient, but somehow are qualified to value us based on arbitrary numbers on some report generated by the sum of what ICD-10 codes we click on.

    The pandemic was just oxygen added to a burnout that’s been destroying our will to exist in this field since we saw the monster for what it really is.

  4. Soul sucking indeed.

    I was denied time off during peak pandemic times because “all hands are needed on deck.” And if I get sick with Covid? I have to use my own PTO.

  5. Healthcare worker here

    Our job is only getting harder and harder every passing month. No pay raises. Worse working conditions. Everyone is burned out. People are quitting left and right. The healthcare system needs a complete overhaul. And we need unions

  6. If we’re going to just “live with” COVID as our new #3 cause of death, on top of the pre-pandemic baseline levels of disease, we’re going to need millions more healthcare workers.

    Preventing this disease is a real bargain compared to the policy of uncontrolled community spread that we unironically call “living with it.”

  7. People keep on dying.

    Sometimes we have patients who become depressed because a loved one died, making the patient’s condition worse.

  8. Yep I’m going PRN then leaving as soon as I find a job that can at least match my pay. Long hours being short staffed and just administration not giving two flying fucks as long as the insurance money rolls in. I’m now on my 4th outbreak and I’m sick of it. I wish everyone at my work would strike.