Leaving Nursing


Anchor lead: Many nurses and other health professionals are leaving medicine in the midst of the pandemic, Elizabeth Tracey reports

Even as the nation can least afford it, nurses and other health professionals are leaving medical practice. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says the reasons are multiple.

Davidson: Sadly many nurses are resigning. We know that the pandemic has hit women harder. Women are juggling multiple responsibilities of homeschooling children, taking care of elderly parents. I think this is potentially a adverse outcome of the pandemic we did not plan or consider. This is the first time in many generations where nurses have been exposed to something so infectious where it’s not their choice.  :29

Davidson says there is a bright spot, however.

Davidson: One of the really encouraging things is that enrollments across nursing schools are increasing.  :06

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.