Nurse Retention: Nurses Burnout from Reduced Staffing

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 8th, 2013

Smaller staffs, heavy patient loads, and higher stress levels contribute to burnout among healthcare workers, according to a new survey by recruiting firm CareerBuilder. A high rate of burnout negatively affects nurse retention.

Harris Interactive conducted the online survey for CareerBuilder between February 11 and March 6, 2013, from over 500 U.S. healthcare workers and more than 240 U.S. healthcare employers.

34% of healthcare workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, up from 24% last year. Nearly half (45%) plan to look for a new job over the next two years. 82% said that while they are not actively looking for a job today, they would be open to a new position if they came across the right opportunity.

Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare, said in a statement. “Nearly half – 46% – of healthcare organizations said they have seen a negative impact on their organizations due to extended job vacancies. Long hours and juggling multiple patient needs are taking their toll on morale and retention. The survey shows healthcare workers are seeking a more manageable work experience.”

Patient care is affected when staff becoming more stressed as they cover positions open for extended periods of time. 60% of healthcare workers say they are burned out on their jobs. 21% always or often feel burned out. Of workers who feel always or often burned out, 67% plan to look for a new job this year.

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