49% of nurses have considered leaving the profession in the last 2 years, study finds

Nurses continue to consider leaving their profession amid complaints of burnout, overwork and harassment, according to a new study by RNnetwork, a travel nurse staffing agency.

The study surveyed more than 900 U.S. nurses about issues such as work-life balance  and their mental health.

Six findings:

1. Fifty-four percent of respondents reported their workload has negatively affected their mental health, and 35 percent said their mental health had negatively affected their work. 

2. Eighty percent of respondents said they believe there is a nursing shortage in their facility, and 76 percent said the shortage has personally affected them in the last two years. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said the nursing shortage has affected their workload.

3. Sixty-two percent of respondents reported feeling regularly burned out at work, and 43 percent said burnout has affected their work performance.

4. Thirty-nine percent of respondents reported verbal harassment or bullying in their workplace. Thirty percent said they feel verbally harassed or bullied by other nurses.

5. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said they have never experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and 21 percent said they have.

6. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they considered leaving nursing in the last two years.

Access the full survey results here.


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