Job dissatisfaction can exacerbate nursing shortage

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 1, 2010

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Current shortfalls in the supply of registered nurses may get worse because many in the profession are unhappy and plan to change their careers in the near future, says a report issued Feb. 3 by AMN Healthcare Inc.

"Our survey clearly indicates significant job dissatisfaction, and that is concerning in terms of quality health care delivery," said Ralph Henderson, president of AMN's nursing and allied staffing division.

Of the 1,399 registered nurses who completed the survey, approximately 56% planned to continue in their current jobs. The remainder, however, said they would switch to part-time work, retire, seek non-nursing jobs, become traveling nurses or return to school. About 29% said they often felt like resigning from their positions, and 28% said they would not be working in the same job in a year.

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