One-third of RNs Plan to Leave Job in Next 3 Years, Survey Finds

  1. Nearly one-third of registered nurses (RNs) surveyed in January say they will not be working in their current job a year from now.

    Close to half say they plan to alter their career path in the next 1-3 years in a way that would either take them out of the nursing field entirely or reduce their contribution to direct patient
    care by working fewer hours or choosing a less demanding role.

    http://nursing.advanceweb.com/News/N...vey-Finds.aspx
    Maybe hospitals should start hiring some new grads to get them up to speed with in the next 1-3 years? Just a thought...
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  2. 54 Comments

  3. by   Purple_Scrubs
    This would be an interesting survey to do here on AN.
  4. by   nyteshade
    According to the article:

    "In fact, the majority of nurses (55 percent) believe that the quality of care nurses provide today has declined compared to 5 years ago, according to the survey"

    Perhaps I can explain this one: as more exec customer service types dictate how nurses do their jobs, patient care suffers! Who would've thought??!!
  5. by   Miss Chybil RN
    Quote from nyteshade
    According to the article:

    "In fact, the majority of nurses (55 percent) believe that the quality of care nurses provide today has declined compared to 5 years ago, according to the survey"

    Perhaps I can explain this one: as more exec customer service types dictate how nurses do their jobs, patient care suffers! Who would've thought??!!
    It also talks about how short-staffing is making the job less desirable...
  6. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from Miss_Chybil
    Maybe hospitals should start hiring some new grads to get them up to speed with in the next 1-3 years? Just a thought...
    *** That would take planning for the future. Not somthing hospitals are known for or good at.
  7. by   llg
    Interesting ... but the source was a staffing agency -- and you have to "sign up" for an acount with the agency before they will let you actually look at the results. That's weird.

    I wonder how legit the survey actually is.
  8. by   Miss Chybil RN
    Quote from llg
    Interesting ... but the source was a staffing agency -- and you have to "sign up" for an acount with the agency before they will let you actually look at the results. That's weird.

    I wonder how legit the survey actually is.
    That's a good question.... I asked them to post a link to the actual survey, because I can't find it. We'll see what happens...
  9. by   Spanga10
    I most definitely one that is "burnt out" I am completing my MBA and plan to be done bedside by April 2011. As of now work 80 hrs a month as agency, seems to be that healthcare is becoming more and more of an oxymoron. As a nurse you rarely have enough time to adequately do your job, are expected to manage everything with maximum accountability and laughable ability to delegate that seems to almost be useless due to lack of motivated assistance, and the ridiculous practice of inadequate staffing in ICU situations consistently 3:1 or 4:1 with acute drips. Bottom line I love to help people, but as a nurse I feel that it is becoming "just business" with minimal impact on an emotional and spiritual level with businesses only worried about "billable services" and useless tests and procedures.....
  10. by   mustlovepoodles
    Quote from Miss_Chybil
    It also talks about how short-staffing is making the job less desirable...
    Well, DUH Count me down as one who plans to retire in a couple years. I've already been at this for 32 years and I do not plan to work myself to an early grave. There's an RV with my name on it in the back yard and the open road is calling me...
  11. by   NickiLaughs
    I am planning on changing....at minimum from night to day shift, but my unit is known to be completely awful during the day, so it's either transfer units or change jobs. I got a baby on the way so it's not about me completely anymore.
    I am not sure what to do as of yet. I just know that these 12 hour nights in the hospital that seem to be closer to 14 hours....especially when the day nurse shows up late.....won't work.
  12. by   fungez
    Well, count me in. I'm retiring in 14 months. My daughter will be done with college and I'll have done it for 20 years. I don't care if I have to sell my chubby, middle aged body in South Austin, I'm done with nursing.
  13. by   Thanet
    Count me in too, as I will be going in 18 months.
  14. by   SoundofMusic
    Count me in. I will have done my duty and hopefully will have my MSN-FNP. I hope. I just cannot see myself doing floor nursing into my 50's. Too strenuous, too demeaning, and I just refuse to work in an arena of this type where MY satisfaction as an employee counts for nothing. They take an intelligent, educated person and reduce you to something w/ less rights than an animal. I'd rather work to prevent people from going to the hospitals at all.

    It has been a good stepping stone, a learning experience, though, I will say. I think it's the customer service orientation that seals it for me. It's just not nursing -- it's customer service. It just seems to ultimately benefit no one, so I don't understand how or why the practice continues.

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