Why these Metro Vancouver nurses left hospitals to run salons and cosmetic clinics – CBC

More time for family, flexible hours among key reasons nurses say they left hospitals

Aug 11, 2023

After 13 years, former pediatric nurse Karen Tan traded her hospital scrubs for a cart laden with orange-tipped syringes.

It’s one of the workstations at the spa she now manages in Surrey, about 33 kilometres southeast of Vancouver, in a new career that involves injecting clients with Botox, treating hair loss and melting fat cells.

Three years ago, Tan, 42, left the Vancouver hospital she worked at, burned out from years of demanding 12-hour shifts.

“I felt very overwhelmed, very exhausted,” she said. “Where I just thought … I can’t keep doing this forever.”

Data shows nursing jobs like the one Tan left sit empty across the country.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of unfilled jobs for registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses increased from about 8,900 in 2018 to just over 28,300 in the same quarter of 2023. Large increases are noticeable during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nurses-botox-business-entrepreneurs-1.6926145

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