Half of nurses to quit within 10 years: survey
One third of nurses cite low pay, high workload and unclear career progression as the reason they plan to quit.
Overwhelming workloads are causing dissatisfaction among Australian nurses, with more than half set to leave the profession in the next decade, a new survey suggests.
The survey of 200 nurses conducted in February found only 17 per cent expected to be in the profession for another five years, while 51 per cent reported they would leave within 10 years.
Although retirement - at 67 per cent - was the main reason for departure from the job, 33 per cent of nurses surveyed pointed to overwhelming workloads, unclear career progression, low pay and inflexible work hours as the reason they wanted out.
Peter Harte general manager of Kronos Australia, which commissioned the survey, said more attention needed to be paid to the nursing workplace.
"We are seeing an overwhelming number of Australian nurses feeling the pressure to overextend themselves at work," he said.
"Prolonged dissatisfaction with workload is sure to lead to decreased productivity and low retention of nurses in our healthcare system."
As part of the survey nurses were also asked about barriers to productivity.
More than half (56 per cent) said overwhelming workloads were creating problems, while 20 per cent pointed to a lack of technology or inability to use the technology as a cause of lower productivity.
"One of the key focuses for the healthcare industry now is to better manage their workforce in order to maintain high staff morale and improve productivity," Harte said.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
I also believe this relates to nursing academics. They are overworked and are often not given the same opportunities as other academics from other disciplines within the university sector.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Sad to read really as a soon to graduate RN. I don't blame them and know I too will face these same challenges in the sector. Hope they do something about it soon or face mass exodus
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Another survey -when will things change for nurses? Some of the same reasons for job dissatisfaction have been around for a lot of years (I’ve been in the industry for 30 years). I can’s see management changing as they too are time poor, working under financial restrictions and patient overflow. The resources for change have to come from higher that the managers, then the flow down may one day reach the ward where so much is needed.
Patricia O' Connell
Friday, 20 July 2012
I would like to note that the there are a number of mature nurses like myself who have been forced to retire from their much loved profession due to injury and crippling chronic pain. This is especially true of the nurses who have worked 25 years plus and commenced their time in the profession without the benefit of lifting machines and no lift policies. Nurse to patient ratios must be maintained and risk/work health assessments must be paramount to the ongoing health of the present generation of nurses if a workforce is to be maintained. Safety and the assurance that the young person is not likely to be the target of occupational violence would be reassuring. Financial reward that secures a stable retirement would also make the profession more attractive. No young person looking at nursing as a career would be attracted to the profession when they see the physical, mental and financial toll and lack of security that has played havoc with the lives of many of those that have gone before them.
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