August 17, 2023

Nurses’ resilience and intentions to quit during COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

This study from Finland examines nurses’ assessments of their resilience, job satisfaction, quality of care, and intentions to quit during the third wave of COVID-19.

A total of 437 Finnish RNs responded to an electronic survey.

The findings show that:

  • nurses had good resilience, but a significant proportion believed their work demands were too high and their job satisfaction was relatively low
  • nurses regarded the quality of care in their working units as moderate
  • 16% of nurses considered leaving nursing during the pandemic, compared to 2% before the pandemic
  • nurses working in outpatient clinics and other units had higher resilience than those working in urgent care, acute wards, intensive care, anesthesia, and the OR
  • older nurses had higher job satisfaction and fewer intentions to quit than younger nurses, during and after the pandemic.

The findings indicate that high resilience among nurses was associated with better quality of care and job satisfaction, and better job satisfaction reduced intentions to quit, but there was no direct association between the level of resilience and intentions to quit, the authors say.



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