In the mix: Half of nurses surveyed plan to change careers

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, February 8, 2010

A recent survey found that one-third of registered nurses say they won't be working in their current job one year from now, and almost half say they plan to change career paths or reduce their direct patient care hours through a less demanding job within the next three years, according to AMN Healthcare—a healthcare staffing organization—which conducted the survey.

The data was collected from 1,399 respondents, and according to AMN Healthcare, highlights "whether [nurses] believe healthcare reform will address the nurse shortage."

Other key findings of the survey, entitled 2010 Survey of Registered Nurses: Job Satisfaction and Career Plans, include:


  • 46% of nurses agree with the statement "I worry this job is affecting my health."
  • 8% of nurses returned to the nursing workforce over the last two years
  • 6% of nurses are very confident that healthcare reform will provide a mechanism for ensuring an adequate supply of nurses

To read the entire study, click here. Free registration required.

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