One third of nurses across the US are intending to resign from their professions due to exhaustion and being overburdened after the Covid-19 outbreak, finds a survey conducted by medical staffing provider AMN Healthcare Services, reported Reuters.
In January, AMN Healthcare undertook a survey of more than 18,000 nurses, which revealed that 30% of the respondents are planning to leave their profession.
This figure has risen by seven percentage points from 2021, when a wave of resignations began due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the survey, 36% of the nurses have expressed a desire to remain in the industry but are considering changing their current workplace.
In an interview with the news agency, AMN Healthcare CEO Cary Grace said: “This really underscores the continued mental health and well-being challenges the nursing workforce experiences post pandemic.”
As per the survey findings, several changes are required, with 69% of the nurses demanding higher salaries and 63% looking for a safer work environment to lower their stress levels.
Although the shortage of personnel in hospitals has been a concern for a few years, it gained worldwide attention towards the end of 2021, and the situation reached its peak in early 2022 when a significant number of employees resigned due to burnout, reported the news agency.
The shortage of staff in healthcare facilities resulted in increased expenses for hospital operators.