With all the talk about a nursing shortage, nurse satisfaction is a key priority in healthcare, and uncovering and addressing issues for nurses is more critical than ever.
Minority Nurse recently launched a Nursing Satisfaction Surveyto learn more about nursing education and career topics beneficial to our readers and help boost talent retention and create a more productive workforce.
Preliminary results of our Nursing Satisfaction Survey indicate that 81% of nurses are at least somewhat satisfied in their nursing jobs, and those nurses not satisfied cite burnout and lack of recognition as the top reasons above compensation.
Eighty-three percent of nurses considering changing jobs say they plan to stay in nursing, with 29% of nurses surveyed saying they have a second job. Only 9% of nurses surveyed have a second job outside of nursing, with the top side gig being a nanny.
Nurses say the top three characteristics when choosing a new employer include compensation, work-life balance, and career advancement.
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These are preliminary results from our Nursing Satisfaction Survey, and with a few days left until the survey closes, we’d love for you to lend your voice.
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Thanks in advance for your input and for sharing your voice on this important issue.
Millennials are rapidly becoming the most predominant generation in the workplace, and in nursing they are driven to seek leadership roles, higher degrees, and professional development more than their generational counterparts.
The AMN Healthcare Survey of Millennial Nurses: A Dynamic Influence on the Profession, compares the views of Millennial nurses (ages 19-36) to those of Generation X (ages 37-53) and Baby Boomer nurses (ages 54-71) regarding their expectations about their work environment and career futures. The results show that Millennial nurses are bringing a dynamic new perspective on such factors as career, leadership, education, and work environment.
“Millennial nurses are changing the health care workforce in ways that could further improve patient care and help healthcare organizations,” says Marcia Faller, Chief Clinical Officer at AMN Healthcare. “This survey demonstrates the high ambition of this generation of nurses and provides better understanding about how health care leaders can fully engage these high-achieving health care professionals.”
The report shows Millennial nurses are not only interested in further educational attainment, but are actively pursuing higher degrees and professional certification. Nearly 40% of Millennial RNs said they plan to pursue a master’s degree in the next three years, while another 11% said they would seek a PhD. These responses were significantly higher than those of other generations.
As the health care industry faces an aging patient population needed more complex treatment, this push for increased levels of education will help fulfill the goal of a highly educated nursing workforce.
Since the health care industry is impacted by shortages of leaders as well as practitioners, health care organizations stand to benefit from the increased interest in leadership among Millennial nurses. According to the Millennial Nurse Survey, more than one third—36%—of Millennial nurses said they were significantly interested in leadership roles, compared to one fourth of Gen Xers and 10% of Baby Boomers.
Millennial nurses were also more optimistic toward leadership than their older counterparts. When responding to positive statements about their leaders, across categories including how much they trust their leaders and whether leaders care about their career development, Millennial nurses more often answered “agree” or “strongly agree” than did Gen Xers and Baby Boomers.
Professional development has proven to be important to recruiting and retaining Millennials in all professions but may be especially important in health care, where workforce demand is high and the need for quality care and team collaboration is significant. In the survey, the majority of Millennial nurses agreed with the statement “the quality of patient care I provide is positively influenced by professional development opportunities.”