New Survey: In an Evolving Profession, Nurses Are Satisfied and Staying the Course

May 22, 2014, 9:35 AM

Change may be a constant for nurses today, but that hasn’t discouraged their commitment to the profession, according to a new study from the human resources company CareerBuilder. Nursing remains a rewarding and satisfying career field for the vast majority who enter it, with 93 percent of nurses surveyed reporting that they are satisfied with being a nurse, and 85 percent reporting that they are unlikely to switch careers.

The nationwide survey of nearly 900 nurses, conducted in March by Harris Poll, focused on changes in the nursing profession, differences in nursing settings, the value of various training and education programs, and desired career paths.

Highlights of survey findings include:

  • Forty-one percent of respondents said they spend less time on patient care than they did five years ago or at the beginning of their careers;
  • Fifty-seven percent said technological tools have helped them do their jobs more effectively, although 46 percent said technology has made patient care less personalized;
  • Around 4 in 10 nurses plan to stay in their current setting for at least five years; and
  • Forty-seven percent of nurses said the minimum requirement for beginning their nursing careers was a bachelor’s degree or higher.

“We’ve long known that the men and women who enter nursing are as essential to their organizations as they are to their patients. So it’s important that as the health care landscape shifts, their voices continue to be recognized by administrators and other industry leaders,” Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder’s health care division, said in a news release.

CareerBuilder plans to release a full report on the survey in June.

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