April Kapu is president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She says some of her exhausted members are now ready to quit.

“Today we see the nurses going back in and saying, ‘Oh my god, I thought this was over. I thought I was recovering ‘and we’re still at it, ”she said.

Sophia Morris, Vice President of Account Management at Aya Healthcare, said, “We are seeing high levels of burnout; hospitals have the highest vacancy rate in several years.”

Hood said, “We hear nurses say, and nurses say, ‘I can’t do it again,’ and so they go to different types of jobs – some leave the profession altogether.”

Hood says nurses were grappling with staff shortages even before the pandemic. That meant unwanted overtime. Then the vaccines were introduced – and so were the skeptics. Some of these people flooding hospitals are now asking about the vaccine, but in many cases they are late.

“As an intensive care nurse, I can handle a lot, but that was just overwhelming,” said Kapu.

The shortage of skilled workers is not limited to hospitals. Some nursing home facilities across the country say they are feeling the pinch too, but for a different reason: workers with COVID and some who don’t want to get vaccinated.

Joseph Brown is the executive director of the Savannah Court of the Palm Beaches. He said, “It’s a selfish attitude so I think it means more education and more commitment in the right direction.”

According to the AARP, around 78% of nursing home residents nationwide received a vaccination at the end of June and are considered fully vaccinated. But only 56% of health workers can say the same thing.

Nursing home operators want employees to have the injections, but some fear that if they do, it will cause them to quit in an already tight labor market.

Mary Daniel’s husband lives in a Florida care facility. She said: “They take care of the elderly, they take care of the disabled. And if that is really the case, then you have to get vaccinated in order to work in this environment – in an inpatient facility with residents.”

Hood says the good news is that of the association’s 325,000 members, 94% are vaccinated, and she says increasing the number could be as simple as talking to someone.

“So what we really need is more advice, more ears to listen so that we can do our best for the patients who are there,” said Kapu.

This story was originally reported by Tammy Estwick on Newsy.com