The work nurse leaders would rather be doing

Nurses said their favorite tasks were employee engagement and retention efforts and their least favorite tasks were capacity issues, according to an American Organization for Nursing Leadership Foundation study.

The 2024 Longitudinal Nursing Leadership Insight Study has surveyed leaders since July 2020. The latest report, based on a survey conducted in 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 10 tasks nurse leaders said they find the most joy and most frustration doing (Note: Survey participants were asked to select five tasks for each category):

Joyful tasks

Employee engagement, retention efforts: 55%

Awards and recognition: 54%

Mentoring, guiding and performance review: 50%

Meeting with direct reports, colleagues: 48%

Rounding: 35%

Quality improvement: 30%

Strategic planning: 24%

Staff development course participation: 16%

Clinical work: 16%

Patient satisfaction: 15%

Frustrating tasks

Capacity issues/constraints: 47%

Incident reports, injuries, complaints: 38%

Conflict resolution: 37%

Budget: 32%

Administrative work: 31%

Supply chain disruption: 29%

Scheduling, payroll: 20%

Regulatory readiness: 19%

Chart audits: 18%

Productivity: 18%

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