Why 8,000 nurses called it quits

The following is from Becker’s Hospital Review.

The U.S. has an all-time record number of actively licensed nurses — 5.6 million — but hospitals are struggling to recruit and retain enough. To discover missed opportunities, researchers surveyed 7,887 nurses who recently exited the healthcare industry. 

Each nurse was asked to list the contributing factors for their decision.

Planned retirement was the leading factor, with nearly 2 in 5 nurses selecting that factor, but burnout, exhaustion, staffing shortages and family obligations were also top reasons. 

The nurses left their jobs between April 2018 and June 2021, and the researchers focused on RNs in New York and Illinois. On average, the respondents were 60 years old and had 30.8 years of experience. 

Among the listed reasons, 39% of the former nurses selected planned retirement, 26% chose burnout or emotional exhaustion and 21% said insufficient staffing contributed to their exit. 

About 60% of retired nurses indicated a planned retirement, suggesting that about 40% of retirements were unplanned, the researchers said.

Among those employed by a hospital, other top contributing factors were family obligations, Covid-19 concerns and unsafe working conditions. 

“They are struggling to recruit and keep staff because of the conditions versus compensation issue,” a former hospital nurse, aged between 40 to 50 years old, said. “Patients are sicker and more complex than ever … I was constantly voicing concerns for patient safety because of frontline working conditions … Can I get another nursing job? Absolutely … Do I want to? Not really.”

Based on the results, the researchers advised employers to address burnout, insufficient staffing and family obligations. 

Findings were published April 9 in JAMA Network Open.

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2 thoughts on “Why 8,000 nurses called it quits”

  1. Thank you for all that you do!! It doesn’t go unnoticed!
    I am an RN and have been for decades. I am also the public health nurse that gave my small child a mandated MMR vaccine and witnessed his irreversible regression into nonverbal-permanent-profound-vaccine-injury mislabeled as autism.
    Witnessing my own child’s deterioration is what pushed me to research the MMR vaccine and that is what compelled me to research every vaccine mandated/recommended by our government. It has been worse than an hourly kick in the gut or slap across the face.
    My son suffers terribly from that “safe and effective” vaccine. We all suffer terribly because he suffers. I have prayed and continue to pray for God to destroy the vaccine program and expose it for what it really is.
    As I tell our story to all God puts in my path, I thank God for people like you. ….. fellow truth espounder ( I know it’s not a word but it fits at this moment in my brain). Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you richly! Karmen RN, BSN

  2. My daughter is headed off to college in the fall and while she would love to pursue a career in nursing, vax mandates (covid, annual flu, etc.) on top of the childhood schedule, mean that option is no longer being considered. It is a shame, as she would have been a phenomenal addition to the profession. I can’t help but wonder how many other talented individuals are not entering healthcare because of vaccine requirements?

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