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Debbie Moore-Black has been working as a registered nurse in the ICU at a corporate hospital for 33 years, but she recently decided to call it quits after management changed the nurse-patient ratios. In a new essay for KevinMD, a blog for physicians, Moore-Black explains her decision to leave the job and how it affected her physical and mental health.
Nurses all over the country are being pushed to the limit. There were 385 nursing strikes in 2022 alone, a 42% increase from the year before. Nurses are striking over unsafe working conditions, low pay, and other administrative issues that make it harder for nurses to do their jobs. Nursing unions are doing their best to negotiate with hospital management to resolve the crisis but there just aren’t enough nurses to go around.