Nursing

Nationwide survey reveals nurse stressors

Nurse Leader Insider, March 4, 2020

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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an article from Healthleaders. Read the full article here.

It's not easy being a nurse. And that's not just an anecdotal observation. Recent results from The AMN 2019 Survey of Registered Nurses highlight the pressures and challenges RNs face daily. These challenges include the effects of working second jobs, the experiences of bullying and workplace violence, and concerns about how their jobs affect their health. Because of these and other stressors, 44% of the RN respondents say they often feel like quitting.

Here are some of the survey's findings from the almost 20,000 nationwide sample of RNs:

Second jobs

  • More than one-in-five (22%) nurses hold more than one job as a nurse
  • Nearly one-in-five nurses (18%) working more than one job say it negatively impacts the quality of their work
  • 37% of nurses working more than one job say it negatively affects their quality of life
  • One quarter say that working more than one job negatively influences their post-shift driving ability due to drowsy driving


Exposure to workplace violence

  • 41% of nurses say they have been victims of bullying, incivility, or other forms of workplace violence
  • 27% of nurses say they have witnessed workplace violence
  • 10% say their organization addressed the situation extremely well or very well
  • 63% say their organization did not address the situation well at all


Career vs. job satisfaction

  • 81% of nurses say they are satisfied with their career choice, with “extremely satisfied” as the largest category
  • 65% say they are satisfied with their jobs, with “somewhat satisfied” as the largest category
  • 75% say they are satisfied with the quality of care they are able to provide to patients
  • 66% worry that their job is affecting their health
  • 44% say they often feel like resigning from their jobs


Factors in job turnover

  • 39% of nurses say flexibility and work-life balance are the most important factors that influence their intent to remain at their current organizations
  • 31% say compensation and benefits are the biggest influences on their intent to remain at their current organizations
  • 27% say it is unlikely they will be working at their current job in one year



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