The hospital system where I pick up shifts as an RN recently went through a round of asking nurses and other staff to take ”voluntary severance packages”, or more accurately early retirement. They needed more than 200 people to accept this offer or they would need to start layoffs soon. This is not unusual as many hospitals including one of the largest systems in the country, Kaiser Permanente, has been recently been doing the same thing at their 37 hospitals and asking people to take severance packages and leave.
This is a good and a bad thing for nursing. Why is getting rid of RN’s a good thing? Because a lot of these retirement packages were aimed at nurses and staff who were hanging on, and needed encouragement to leave. I can’t blame them when in the bay area a nurse can easily make over six figures. But, healthcare is a business in this country and money will always be a factor in how decisions are made. It is hard to see some of them go because of the wealth of knowledge they had for newer nurses. However, maybe in a few years this will open up jobs again for new grads in this area.
The bad is if there was a nursing shortage do you think they would be getting rid of nurses, even expensive ones? You can Google nursing shortage myth or not, and get many reasons for the pros and cons of whether there is a nursing shortage now or in the future. All I know is around here new grads are not finding jobs. This may be different other parts of the country, but if you are going into nursing do some research. Because nursing schools will cry shortage, but they need students and their money. People need to make sure nursing is what you want to do and not because it is a job or you can’t think of anything else.