Friday, March 29, 2013

Unhappy Nurses

I am sad to read that a new survey reported in Forbes shows that nurses are the 4th most unhappy profession in the US.  The survey evaluated 10 factors of the workplace including  work environment, relationships with co-workers, compensation, and control over one's daily responsibilities.  They required at least 50 employee reviews to qualify in a category.

 Careerbliss  found out that associate attorneys are the most unhappy followed by customer service associates, clerks  and coming in 4th on the unhappy scale was the registered nurse.  Equally sad was that teaching came in 5th on the unhappiness scale.

What workers were most happy?  Number one was Real estate agent followed by Senior Quality Associate Engineer.  Sales Reps and Construction Superintendents were also happy in their jobs.

Overwork, lack of opportunity for advancement and poor workplace culture were the biggest factors in the dissatisfied categories.  Nurses were most unhappy with the workplace culture and the people they worked with. We can only guess that that means doctors, other nurses and administrators.  Teachers, on the other hand were happy with their work and the people they work with.  They were dissatisfied with rewards for their work,  lack of support and lack of growth opportunities.

Nurses are the unsung heroes of health care.  Not enough attention is paid to increasing their satisfaction and professionalism.  This small survey should ring some alarm bells, somewhere.


Anonymous said...

For me, the dissatisfaction in clinical nursing came from the fact that there were no rewards for the really good bedside nurse. In my clinical days, time, more than compensation, was the critical issue, though that seems to be a lesser factor now with most nurses working 12-hour shifts. Regardless, the good bedside nurse received no better time or compensation or assignment than the average-to-poor nurse (defined by me as one who is lazy, a corner-cutter, and with lack of intellectual curiosity) working next to her. Each had the same shift rotation and weekend work; all too often, the poor-to-average nurse even made more money than the good nurse because s/he had been at it longer. The only way to get recognition or better time and compensation was to move away from the bedside. TCG, RN, LNC

OldSquid said...

No doubt, at my wife’s job they put in a new EMR which is more archaic than the last while keeping the same 6:1 on go-live which was 4/1. Now she is required to attend staff meeting on her own time since they don’t have enough coverage for the floor. This after the weekend in which every nurse was told at an annual performance review that they are sub-par, using a new review system that no one was made aware of. The following day she strained a muscle while lifting a patient whose family refuses to allow the use of a lift.

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

Nice of you to give a shout out to nurses, Toni. They are overworked, underpaid and not reliably appreciated. Yet, they have a great dedication that pulls them through. No one understands the directive to 'do more with less' more than the nursing profession. I think much of this comes from hospital administration who have a bottom lined mentality.

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