‘You feel like you’re in a war zone’: Nurse shortage worse than ever due to COVID-19 pandemic

Hospitals have been plagued for decades by a nurse shortage, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused many qualified nurses to leave the profession.

SEATTLE — There has been a shortage of qualified nurses for decades, and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) believes the shortage is not coming to an end anytime soon.

“We do expect the shortage to continue to grow and be more substantial over the coming future,” said Darcy Jaffe, the vice president of safety and quality at the WSHA.

So, what is causing the nurse shortage?

It comes down to a lack of nursing faculty at universities and small

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