Some nurses are cutting back hours to deal with things ranging from fatigue to helping their kids with virtual schooling.
"Typically a nurse cares for others, that's what we do," said Niederhauser. "Sometimes that goes at the expense of their own health and well-being."
Even then, local hospitals said they aren't seeing a nursing shortage.
Tennova said it employs more than 1,000 nurses, and turnover has been no different from previous years.
Niederhauser said the pandemic has made more people want to find careers in healthcare.
"A lot of folks want to have purpose in what they do for their life career profession, and I think the pandemic has exemplified the value of a wonderful nurse at a bedside," she said.
UT's College of Nursing enrollment hit an all time high during the Fall 2020 semester, with 1,009 students.
More than 300 of those future nurses will graduate and join the workforce next spring.