RNs Speak Out on Job Satisfaction and Leadership

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RNs Speak Out on Job Satisfaction and Leadership

Results from a 2017 AMN Heathcare survey

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Are you satisfied with your current job? Do you feel that your leadership adequately supports you? Many RNs answered “no” to both these questions in a 2017 survey.

Job Satisfaction — Or Not

Last spring, the San Diego-based healthcare staffing firm AMN Healthcare conducted its latest biennial RN survey. Its recently released results sound some worrisome notes about nurses’ job satisfaction and confidence in their leadership. Although more than four out of five respondents said they were satisfied with nursing as a career, 40 percent were ambivalent about or dissatisfied with their current positions. Thirty-eight percent said they often feel like resigning and 35 percent didn’t want to still be in their current jobs in a year.

Stress was a major contributor to this dissatisfaction. Fifty-five percent felt their job has negatively affected their health. Inadequate patient care time was another frequent complaint. Only 36 percent said they usually have enough time to spend with patients.

Leadership Woes

The survey results suggest that many nurses would prefer more support from their leaders. Only about half of respondents said they trusted their nursing leaders (53 percent), felt their leaders cared about them (52 percent) or thought their leadership supported their career development (51 percent). Surprisingly, the nurses surveyed weren’t enthusiastic about the idea of moving into leadership roles themselves.

Fifty-five percent of Millennials and 58 percent of Gen X respondents said they had no interest in taking on a leadership role, although more than 80 percent think healthcare needs more nurse leaders. Nurses of the Baby Boom generation were even less interested in moving into leadership positions, but 22 percent said they were already in leadership roles, a much higher percentage than in the younger cohorts.

Read the full report at www.amnhealthcare.com.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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