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Survey: Nurses Happy Now but Anticipate Challenges

Jan 30, 2013, 9:00 AM

Most nurses are satisfied with their jobs, but 72 percent report that “risks loom ahead for the nursing profession,” according to a survey by the health care staffing company Jackson Healthcare. Among the risks the nurses identified as concerns: workload increases, a nursing shortage, and increased liabilities and litigation involving nurses.

Seventy-six percent of nurses who responded to the survey, “Vital Signs 2012: A National Nursing Attitudes and Outlook Report,” said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs. Only 5 percent of nurses reported being “very dissatisfied” with their work.

The survey also found a “significant spike” in the number of nurses planning to retire in the next 10 years.

“Nursing is a great profession at the moment,” Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, said in a news release about the findings. “It provides good pay, rewarding work and a nice balance between personal and professional life. However, with so many seniors approaching retirement, a potential nursing shortage, more litigation in the medical profession and a potential explosion of newly insured patients thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nurses fear the future and changes coming to their profession.”

Read the report.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.