When and Why Nurses Are Leaving the Workforce - 2018 Salary Survey Part 3
The 2018 allnurses Salary Survey was conducted in February 2018. The data from almost 17,000 nurses has been analyzed and we are happy to be able to share the results via interactive images. Through this interactivity, you will be able to customize your view and see how various factors influence nursing salary
allnurses recently examined the reasons why nurses leave the workforce. This was part of the 2018 Salary Survey. The number one reason is simply age. Of course, as we all age, we expect at some point to leave the nursing workforce. Approximately 2% of our surveyed nurses report they are retired and another 2.2% plan to retire within the next year. On the other end of the spectrum 46% expect to work 16+ more years. When compared to the 2017 allnurses Salary Survey, it's interesting to note that approx 3% of the nursing workforce planned to retire in the next year and only 8% expected to work 16+ more years.
Age is by far the number 1 reason why nurses leave the workforce. Almost 40% cite this reason. Retirement came in second with over 26% of respondents reporting. Job dissatisfaction also ranked very high at >7%. In the 2017 survey, age accounted for 39% of the reasons that nurses were leaving the nursing workforce, while 16% listed job satisfaction as the reason for leaving nursing.
In 2017, 12% of the nurses surveyed listed unsafe work environment as a reason to leave. This number decreased to <1% this year. Perhaps some facilities are starting to be more mindful of the safety of their nursing staff. In a related result, in 2017 the nurse/patient ratio was the reason why 17% of the nurses were leaving while in 2018, almost 5% of respondents said that was a reason to leave. This year, we saw the event, Nurses Take DC in the forefront of nursing advocacy to address nurse/patient ratios.
Surprisingly pay is not a huge reason for nurses leaving the workforce. In 2017, 16% of the respondents stated this was a reason they were leaving. However, in 2018, this number had plunged to 2.5%. So, are nurses being more fairly compensated now or is the perception of pay improved?
These results are customizable by age, highest nursing degree, primary nursing specialty, length of nursing career, type of license (ie RN/APRN) and state where you live.
To see additional Salary Survey Results, go to:
2018 Nursing Salary Survey Results Part 1 - Demographics
Safe Staffing: How Does Your Workplace Stack Up? 2018 Salary Survey Results Part 2
How Much Do Nurses Make? - 2018 allnurses Salary Survey Results Part 4Last edit by Brian S. on Jun 28
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Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICUJun 1Occupation: Nursing Professional Development + Academic Faculty Specialty: 38 year(s) of experience in Nursing Professional Development ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 13,584; Likes: 25,597I find it curious that "Age" and "Retirement" were listed as separate factors. I would imagine that for most people planning to retire in the near future, "age" is also a factor.Jun 2Joined: Nov '17; Posts: 30; Likes: 27Quote from llgI figured "age" was referring to getting older, not being able to work as hard, and not having their functional threshold being set as high as it once used to, but still being able to perform a job with lower bodily impact, whereas "retirement" was referring to being 100% finished with the work force.I find it curious that "Age" and "Retirement" were listed as separate factors. I would imagine that for most people planning to retire in the near future, "age" is also a factor.Jun 2Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,620; Likes: 26,761Thanks for the comments. Yes age is referring to nurses that as we age we might not be as able to keep up the fast pace, be on our feet for 12 hours, etc.. and thus might leave the workforce. Retirement refers to the more traditional reason to leave the workforce such as not working at all.Jun 2Joined: Mar '17; Posts: 15; Likes: 23Yeah cuz after you get so old you can't get another job. I'm counting down my years now.Jun 2Joined: Jan '13; Posts: 77; Likes: 32I've read online that big companies like HCA are encouraging their older nurse workers to take call-center-style jobs to remain in the workforce. I think it remains to be seen how effective that is.Jun 3From: CA, US ; Joined: Jul '16; Posts: 3; Likes: 19I would leave because I'm sick of mandatory education that is only held in the day hours. I am a strictly night person and asking me to stay over or come in to a class in the middle of my sleep... driving me nuts. My daughter has an attorney on speed dial to call if I fall asleep on the way home from this nonsense and either kill myself or kill someone else because of "driving drowsy".Jun 3Joined: Jun '01; Posts: 2,744; Likes: 6,317I don't believe that pay is such a small factor because nurses are overall more satisfied with their compensation. I think it's a non-factor because pay has been pretty much stagnant for years and unless you leave your community totally the pay is not appreciably different enough from facility to facility to make that the only reason to change jobs.Jun 3Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,620; Likes: 26,761Quote from IrishnightsI totally agree with you. This is not being respectful of your time. The hospital where I used to work (I too worked strictly nights) had in-service times that were available on each shift. The daytime only in-service hours would be a huge dissatisfier for me as well.I would leave because I'm sick of mandatory education that is only held in the day hours. I am a strictly night person and asking me to stay over or come in to a class in the middle of my sleep... driving me nuts. My daughter has an attorney on speed dial to call if I fall asleep on the way home from this nonsense and either kill myself or kill someone else because of "driving drowsy".Jun 3Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 37,999; Likes: 37,228Quote from LaureanWhich can happen when you are 42.Yeah cuz after you get so old you can't get another job. I'm counting down my years now.Jun 5From: NH, US ; Joined: Jan '13; Posts: 81; Likes: 169I left nursing because I'm no longer marketable. I'm 61, have an ASN, and no one will hire me in my specialty which I did for 11 years, because I don't have a BSN. Nursing appears to be its own worst enemy. Almost all ads for nursing positions require or prefer a BSN, a move that perpetuates, among other things, the nursing shortage. It's not the only thing that drives that shortage which most of the time is artificially created.
Instead of allowing you to get the associate degree in 2 years, community colleges now require you to do the pre reqs with a 4.0 average before even getting accepted, an absurd notion. This may sound insulting but if I'm a 4.0 student it's probably not going to be nursing.
I'm now doing something where a nursing license is required and no one cares about my degree status. I set my own hours and I choose who I'm going to work with. Autonomy...that thing most nurses don't experience.
Hospitals create shortages
Nursing perpetuates it by fighting about degrees
i understand the need for single entry level. I get it. But, punishing non BSN nurses for not having the BSN is not the way to go about it. Also, not every ADN nurse has a desire to get it. It doesn't mean you leave them behind. If nursing wants an all BSN workforce then they need to eliminate the ADN programs. Of course there would be no RN to BSN programs making nursing education incredibly expensive and driving the shortage even further.
Nursing makes nursing miserable.Jun 6Joined: Feb '11; Posts: 622; Likes: 745Not only the daytime hours but they also demanded we attend classes on our day off, even if they are paying you ,you do not get a day to rest fully.They can keep their money and let me rest as I have more than earned it.Jun 8Joined: Jan '18; Posts: 4; Likes: 1You seem to have forgotten about all the "green card" holding Nurses from all over the world that have flooded our hospitals, LTAC's and all other facilities. Did they take a vote? Many of us older nurses can't even get hired because of our age. I know many of them. I'm a 57 year old PACU nurse. Now I can only work PACU through agencies. I can still do the work but yes I too only hold an ADN degree. Every hospital wants BSN now.
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