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One-third of nurses plan to quit their jobs because of burnout

More than one-third, 34%, of nurses said they likely will quit their job by the end of 2022, citing burnout and a high-stress working environment as the primary reason, according to Nursing in the Time of COVID-19.

Not all are leaving nursing, altogether.  Some 40% plan to pursue a nursing role elsewhere, as reported by HeatlhLeaders. Forty-four percent of survey respondents cite burnout and a high-stress environment as the reason for their desire to leave. Additionally, 65% said they’ve been verbally or physically assaulted by a patient or patient’s family within the last year. Anger regarding hospital/COVID-19 guidelines (52%) and frustration around staffing/care (47%) were the contributing factors leading to this aggression. Nearly one-third of respondents (32%) said they’ve experienced racism at work.

Compensation is a crucial issue for nurses, but it is just one contributing factor leading to high turnover.

Nearly half, 42%, of survey respondents have started a new nursing role since January 2021. The main reason nurses moving to new roles was higher pay, as 58% reported pay as their motivating factor to find a new job, while 44% plan to change jobs because of burnout and a high-stress environment.

Other primary reasons nurses changed jobs included:

  • Searching for a different role: 33%
  • An improved schedule: 31%
  • Their preferred location: 25%
  • Career advancement or training opportunities: 24%
  • Better staffing overall: 24%