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Nurse Retention News: Nurses Happy with Career Choice, But Not Their Jobs

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 11th, 2013

A survey of nearly 3,000 RNs showed that nurses are happier than ever with their career choices, yet about 30% of them aren’t happy with their current jobs.

Marcia Faller, PhD, RN, CNO at AMN Healthcare, which conducted the survey, says it’s a finding that should make nurse leaders stop and listen. The fact that 30% of nurses want to find a new job is a clear sign that a lack of a nursing shortage is no excuse for leaders to start slacking off on their recruitment and retention.

“Nurse leaders really need to pay attention,” Faller said. “You really do need to continue on those efforts.” She believes that nursing’s importance has come to the forefront over the past few years, thanks in part to the findings of the IOM’s landmark Future of Nursing report, for example.

Faller sums it up as, “People don’t leave their jobs; they leave their manager and their leaders.”

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