• 85% of nurses have been verbally abused by a fellow nurse
• 1 in 3 nurses quit because of bullying
• It’s bullying, not the wage, that is the major cause of the global nursing shortage (the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2022, there will be a shortfall of 1.05 million nurses.)
• Many hospital units don’t give nurses time to eat, take a walk, or even go to the bathroom.
The Yellow "Sick" Road explains my journey down a road that was sometimes crooked, sometimes bumpy, and sometimes pleasant. The Witches - East, West, North, and South - represent the charge nurses and management. The nurse’s aides are the Flying Monkeys. The Wizard of Oz is the CEO. The lion, scarecrow, and tin man have character qualities and desires that match my own. Emerald City is the hospital, and Dorothy’s home is like my home, sweet home whenever I returned from working as a travel nurse for past six years.