What millennial, Gen Z nurses look for when sizing up a job

Relationships, communication and ability to grow professionally are among the key incentives for millennial and Gen Z nurses evaluating job options, according to a new study released by HCA Healthcare.

The study — conducted in early last year — surveyed 1,000 nurses ages 23-39 and 250 nurses ages 18-22 to examine what drove their job decisions.

Five study findings:

1. Forty-four percent of survey respondents rated team and manager relationships as the most important factors in creating a positive work environment.

2. Forty-two percent of survey respondents cited communication and clinical decision-making as important factors in creating a positive work environment.

3. Forty-three percent of survey respondents said career advancement opportunity was a critical factor affecting a positive work environment.

4. Forty-three percent to 46 percent of survey respondents rated support characteristics such as scheduling flexibility, staffing levels, personal relationships, teamwork, training and the ability to be heard by management as important or very important.

5. Nearly half of nurses (49 percent) cited flexible work schedules as the top way to help nurses feel supported.

"It's clear that nurses' relationships, ability to be heard and feeling supported in their careers are important to maintaining a positive work environment that will attract and retain talented nurses," Jason Dorsey, president and lead researcher at study conductor Center for Generational Kinetics, said in a news release.

Read the full study findings here.


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