Almost half of the participants said they have thought about leaving their occupation behind, according to a survey by RNnetwork.
Researchers asked more than 600 nurses nationwide how they feel about numerous work-related issues, including the national nursing shortage, workload and work-life balance. The nurses range in age from 25 to 55.
One major factor influencing nurses’ desire to stay in the field is how respected they feel at work. The survey found that while nurses felt they were respected by physicians (65%), relationships with administrators was mixed, with 46% feeling respected and 32% feeling disrespected. Nearly 50% of nurses who consider leaving nursing don’t feel respected by administration. Many nurses have also experienced harassment or bullying in their job. This harassment comes from other nurses, physicians and administrators.
Outside of that reasoning, the number one reason for wanting to leave is feeling overworked (27%), followed by not enjoying their job anymore (16%) and spending too much time on paperwork (15%).
Other findings from the survey include:
- 45 percent of nurses have been verbally harassed or bullied by other nurses
- 41 percent have been verbally harassed or bullied by managers or administrators
- 38 percent have been verbally harassed or bullied by physicians