January 25, 2022

Nearly a third of nurses thinking of leaving direct patient care

Editor's Note

A recent survey by McKinsey & Company finds that more than 30% of US nurses are thinking of leaving direct patient care for other roles.

Reasons cited by nurses for leaving, include:

  • ongoing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • hiring and retention incentives at other workplaces
  • desire for support and recognition.

To make things better, some believe nursing should move away from thinking about rebuilding and shift instead to improving areas, such as:

  • workforce health
  • workforce flexibility
  • reimagining care-delivery models
  • strengthening talent pipelines.

These findings highlight an urgent need for employers to address nurses' concerns and improve their working conditions, the authors say.


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