Nurse leaders' top challenges: Survey

Staff retention and emotional well-being of staff were the top two challenges nurse leaders face, according to an American Organization for Nursing Leadership Foundation's study.

The 2024 Longitudinal Nursing Leadership Insight Study has surveyed leaders since July 2020. The latest report, based on a survey conducted November 2023, included responses from 2,476 nurse leaders. The survey tracks nurse leaders' top challenges, effective solutions, mental health needs and areas for support.

Here are the current top challenges nurse leaders identified. 

Note: The question asked respondents to pick three of the following options.

Staff recruitment and retention: 69%

Emotional health and well-being of staff: 45%

Financial resource availability: 34%

Workplace violence, bullying, incivility: 24%

Communicating and implementing changing policies: 20%

Maintaining standards of care: 20%

Health inequity, social determinants of health: 17%

Travelers, contingent workforce: 17%

Adopting new technologies and innovation: 17%

Surge staffing, training and reallocation: 14%

Supply chain disruption: 7%

Sustaining academic-practice partnerships: 6%

Other: 5%

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