US hospitals are running short of nurses as the high-pressure work pushes many to walk out, the AP reports. With little on-the-job training, one in five are quitting in less than a year—forcing hospitals to invest in residency programs to try to keep them. "It really was, 'Throw them out there and let them learn,'" one nursing professor said. "This time around, we're a little more humane in our treatment of first-year grads."
In many hospitals, nurses now team up with experienced colleagues and unload in organized "venting" sessions. Such residencies cost money, but it's more expensive to retrain a new recruit. "We are facing downstream a horrendous nursing shortage, so you need to keep the people you get and keep them supported," said a nursing association director.