Study Supports Mentoring, Career Planning for Chief Nursing Officers

The Health Research Educational Trust (HRET), through the American Organization of Nurse Executives' Patient Research and Education Institute (AONE Institute), conducted a study to explore hospital Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) turnover and its impact on the nursing workforce and the quality of hospital care.

Key Findings

  • About 39 percent of CNOs had left a CNO position (77% voluntarily and 23% involuntarily).

    • Voluntary reasons for leaving were: another CNO position, career advancement or development, conflicts with the CEO, job dissatisfaction or family/personal reasons.
    • Involuntary reasons for leaving included being asked to resign or terminated; mergers, downsizing or restructuring; and family/personal reasons.
  • About 62 percent of CNOs expect to change jobs within five years.