Nurse Job Satisfaction Higher – Nurse Retention Needs Attention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 21st, 2013

Nurses throughout the Unites States give high marks to their jobs. “Vital Signs 2012: A National Nursing Attitudes and Outlook Report,” shares survey findings conducted by Jackson Healthcare, the nation’s third largest healthcare staffing company, in conjunction with Jackson Nurse Professionals.

Of 969 nurses who responded to the survey, 76% said they were satisfied or very satisfied in their jobs in caring for the sick or infirmed.

The survey found that only 5% of nurses are very dissatisfied with their work. Those who are unhappy tend to be younger nurses (ages 25 to 34), compared with nurses ages 65 or older. Male nurses also are more likely to be unhappy compared with female. The survey found a significant spike in nurses retiring in10 years.

With the potential for so many nurses retiring, America’s healthcare delivery may have a real problem if younger nurses are unhappy and leave the profession too. Nurse retention needs to be a major concern for all facilities.

The survey found that in the next three to five years, 49% of nurses planned to keep their jobs and 13% will seek a leadership position in nursing. 11% want to return to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, 10% would like to teach nursing and 9% would like to transition to a nurse practitioner role.

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