New Survey Offers Snapshot of Nurses’ Job Satisfaction and Career Plans

Source: Marcia Faller, AMN Healthcare, February 10, 2010

Many feel that a career in nursing is a calling. Others see it as a great employment opportunity. However you define it, most would agree that a nurse’s job isn’t easy. Despite managers’ best efforts, these caregivers deal with large patient loads, physical demands, emotional stress, technical learning curves and bureaucratic challenges.

But would you be surprised to learn that:

* One out of every three nurses is dissatisfied with their current job;
* Nearly 30 percent plan to change positions within a year;
* Nearly half worry that their job is affecting their health;
* More than half think the quality of care has declined since they became a nurse;
* Only six out of 10 would definitely choose a nursing career if they had to do it over.

These are just a few of the results from a new survey of nearly 1,400 registered nurses across the country. Approximately 60 percent of the respondents work as hospital permanent staff, which is similar to the national average. Others work in physicians’ offices/primary care, nursing homes, home health, nursing education, as temporary nurses or in other capacities.

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