93% of nurses say hospitals are short-staffed — and their desire to stay is waning

The majority of nurses work at under-staffed hospitals — and it's causing them to rethink their careers as their stress extends beyond the hospital, a recent survey found. 

The American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment surveyed 500 registered nurses during the month of December. Their sample population was foreign-educated. 

Key findings from the survey: 

  • More than 93 percent of nurses say their hospital is experiencing a staffing shortage, up from 59 percent in a 2020 survey.

  • Seventy-five percent of nurses say their long-term plans to remain in the career will be affected if staffing shortages are not corrected, up from one-third of respondents in 2021. 

  • Forty percent of nurses say their hospitals have closed beds because of staffing shortages, and 72 percent say their hospital cannot provide adequate care to patients because of them. 

  • Sixty-one percent say workplace stress negatively affects them outside of work: 79 percent reported exhaustion, 69 percent reported burnout and 45 percent reported feeling undervalued. 

  • Fifty-three percent of nurses say burnout is the cause of staffing shortages, while 37 percent pointed to staff resignations. 

Read the full report here.

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