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'Ready for Change': Nearly 25% of Nurses Plan to Seek New Job

June 28, 2011
About One-Third Plan to Reduce Work, or Leave Nursing in Next 1-3 Years

SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one-quarter of registered nurses (RNs) surveyed earlier this year say they will seek a new place of employment as the economy recovers.  That is up sharply from the 15 percent who say they would seek a new place of employment in a similar survey conducted in 2010.


That is among key findings from the 2011 Survey of Registered Nurses:  Job Satisfaction and Career Plans, conducted by AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS), the nation's leading provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and management services.  The survey, which collected data from 1,002 respondents, was conducted as the economy begins to recover and reflects how RNs may alter their career plans due to the recovery, and offers a snapshot of current job satisfaction levels.

"Our survey clearly indicates a significant job satisfaction decline from 2010 to 2011 and that seems to be driving nurse's desire for change," said Ralph Henderson, AMN Healthcare's Nursing and Allied Division President.  "Nurses are at the core of quality care in our nation's delivery system.  If nurses change jobs in large numbers – as they say they will in our survey – that may increase nurse vacancy thus putting stress on staffing resources.  That, in turn, would impact patient care outcomes."

While nurse career satisfaction is high at 74 percent, actual satisfaction with the role RNs now hold is much lower at 58 percent.  Job satisfaction declined to the 58 percent figure from 66 percent in the 2010 survey.

The survey notes that 32 percent of nurses plan to take steps in the next one to three years that would take them out of nursing altogether (by retiring or seeking non-nursing jobs) or reduce the volume of clinical work they do (by switching to part-time or less-demanding roles).  This is up from the 26 percent who said they would take those steps in the 2010 survey.

Other key findings of the 2011 survey include:

  • 8 percent of RNs said they returned to the nurse workforce for economic reasons, versus only 3 percent who said that in 2010.
  • Close to half (43 percent) said they either would not recommend nursing as a career to young people or were not sure they would.  That is up significantly from the 36 percent who said that in 2010.
  • 44 percent said they would not select nursing as a career if they had it to do over or not sure that they would.

Click here for a copy of AMN's 2011 Survey of Registered Nurses:  Job Satisfaction and Career Plans.  The survey is found under the "Surveys" heading.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and workforce solutions. As the leading provider of travel nurse, per diem (local) nurse, allied and locum tenens (temporary physician) staffing and physician permanent placement services, AMN Healthcare recruits and places healthcare professionals on assignments of variable lengths and in permanent positions with clients throughout the United States. AMN Healthcare is also the nation's largest provider of clinical staffing managed services programs and recruitment process outsourcing solutions. Settings staffed include acute-care hospitals, government facilities, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, and a host of other healthcare settings. AMN Healthcare also provides home healthcare services in select regions. For more information, visit


Don Cowan

AMN Healthcare

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