Here’s an interesting article that appears to corroborate another study done about non-nurses. The idea was to see if the figures from the first non-nurse study would match if the study only followed nurses. It seems that the figures mesh between the two studies, so nurses follow the trend of the rest of the workforce when it comes to looking for new jobs.
I could have told them that. Nurses are historically mobile. Nurses are always looking for a way to get better working conditions, better hours, better salary, better benefits–just like the rest of the working population. The difference is that nurses stay in the field of nursing even when moving around, while the general population has the benefit of trying new and different types of jobs when they move.
January 11th, 2010
A recent study conducted by Monster.com and the Human Capital Institute regarding employee attitudes and the global recession found that 79% of employees are “aggressively seeking work elsewhere.” The study noted that 54% of employees have significantly increased their pursuit of new job opportunities and another 23% have stepped up their job search efforts in response to the current economy (1).
Pathway Medical Staffing, a nurse case management and non-clinical nurse recruiting firm, conducted an informal survey to see if these results held true for nurse case managers and other non-clinical nursing professionals. The results proved to be closely aligned with the broader employment study from Monster.com and the Human Capital Institute.
In December 2009 Pathway Medical Staffing surveyed 147 nurse case managers and non-clinical nursing professionals, representing nurses from 23 states (2).
The survey revealed that a whopping 57% of nurse case managers and non-clinical nursing professionals plan to look for a new job in 2010. Not surprisingly, the majority (53%) of nurse case managers indicated that they plan to look for a new job in order to increase their salary.
However, there are several other areas that are causing these specialzed nurses to look for employment elsewhere. Leading the reasons was 41% of respondents indicating that they were looking for a job that is more challenging, makes better use of their experience and / or finding a job that will help move to the next level of their career. Closely following were 31% of respondents that indicated they were seeking new employment opportunities for better benefits than they currently have with their present employer.
Other motivators for finding a new job included: being closer to home (19% of respondents), better schedule (14% respondents) and plans to semi-retire and search for project or temporary work (5% respondents).
While most of the job market is still in a slump, there is good news for nurse case managers and non-clinical nurses that are searching for new jobs. In a December 28, 2009 article, The Wall Street Journal reported that “Healthcare is expected to continue to see a surge in hiring with more than four million new openings estimated by 2018… [including] new specialties, particularly in case management (3).”
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