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Almost 30% of nurses considering leaving the profession


The past two years have been difficult for nurses, and research from highlights the extent to which this is true: In the ” Nurse Salary Research Report ,” 29% of nurses said they were considering leaving the profession, a steep rise from the 11% who were considering such a move in the 2020 survey.

Among the respondents, 4% said they work as travel nurses, and 62% of those became travel nurses in 2020 or 2021. Higher pay far surpassed all other reasons for becoming a travel nurse, followed by dissatisfaction with management.

Higher pay and dissatisfaction with management were also key drivers of nurses changing work settings in 2020 or 2021, with 28% saying they’ve changed settings. The percentage of nurses considering changing employers increased to 17% in 2021 from 11% in 2020, while the percentage of nurses who are passive job seekers – not actively looking for a new job but open to new opportunities – also increased, from 38% in 2020 to 47% in the current survey.

Part of the issue is that nursing shortages have reached crisis levels, the report found. Nursing staff shortages are nothing new, but the pandemic has made the problem much worse.

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