RN Survey: Job Satisfaction, Career Patterns and Trends

Nov 13, 2012, 9:00 AM

A survey of registered nurses by the health care staffing firm AMN Healthcare finds that roughly nine out of 10 nurses (91%) are satisfied with their career choice, up significantly from the firm’s 2011 survey.

Registered nurses’ job satisfaction has also increased in the last year. In the new survey, 66 percent said they plan to continue as they are (in career and job), compared to 55 percent who gave that answer in 2011.

Despite high levels of satisfaction, close to one-third of respondents plan to leave the profession or reduce their workload in the near future. Five percent of RNs say they are likely to retire now that the economy is beginning to recover (up from 3% in 2011).

The survey also finds that 40 percent of nurses plan to pursue further education in nursing in the next one to three years: 17 percent plan to pursue a BSN, 18 percent a master’s, and 5 percent a doctoral degree.

AMN Healthcare’s 2012 Survey of Registered Nurses was distributed via email to 88,288 RNs nationwide in April 2012.

Download the report here.

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