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Survey: Over 40 Percent of Nurses to Alter Career Path
Date:2/3/2010

rcent of the respondents are very confident that reform will provide a mechanism for ensuring an adequate supply of nurses.  This at a time when industry data indicates the nation will face a shortage of 260,000 RNs by 2025, and Bureau of Labor Statistics shortage numbers are even higher.

"Our survey clearly indicates significant job dissatisfaction and that is concerning in terms of quality healthcare delivery," said Ralph Henderson, AMN Healthcare's Nursing and Allied Division President.  "Nurses are at the core of quality care in our nation's delivery system and if we see large numbers of nurses leaving the profession it could negatively impact patient care outcomes."

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

The survey notes that 29 percent of nurses plan to take steps in the next one to three years that would reduce their role or take them out of nursing altogether.  An additional 15 percent say they will also make a change in their career path, like becoming a travel nurse or nurse practitioner.  

However, while the survey highlights dissatisfaction with their current job, most nurses are satisfied with their careers overall, yet 59 percent would select nursing as a career if they had it to do it all over, and only 64 percent would recommend nursing as a career to young people.  

"While nursing has made tremendous strides as a profession, in terms of pay and prestige, staffing shortages remain the profession's greatest challenge," notes Henderson.

Of immediate concern, he says, is that 6 percent of nurses permanently employed in a hospital setting indicate they plan to retire in the next one to three years.  This action would reduce the hospital nursing workforce by more than 70,000.  This is of pa
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