Journal of Advanced Practice Nursing

Survey: 1.4 Million Registered Nurses Could Leave Nursing by 2022


By ASRN Staff

Nearly 1.4 million registered nurses could leave nursing or retire now that the economy is booming, according to a new survey conducted by the American Society of Registered Nurses (ASRN). That, along with 500,000 more RNs needed to serve the aging population, brings the total shortfall to 1.9 million registered nurses by 2022.

The survey found 35 percent of nurses age 55 and older plan to dramatically change their work life: 19 percent said they will retire, 9 percent said they will take a non-nursing job and 7 percent said they will work part-time.

Additionally over 500,000 registered nurses are antiicpated to be needed to meet the growing demand of the aging population.

“The potential departure of a statistically significant number of older nurses from the workforce can be very concerning, given the unclear supply and demand for nurses in the coming years, but is to be expected as nurses approach retirement age,” according to the Tina Montclair, who conducted the survey for ASRN. “Healthcare systems must use much more innovative approaches to attract and retain their workforce while keeping them effective and satisfied. Innovation in workforce solutions could help maintain high standards of patient care and efficiency during this era of dramatic change in the healthcare industry.”

Marked generational differences exist in how nurses view their profession amid the booming U.S. economy; and impending changes caused by the current healthcare environment, according to the survey. Across several factors affecting nurses today, including the supply of nurses and healthcare information technology developments, younger nurses now have a far more negative point of view than older nurses.

Twenty percent of nurses age 19 to 54 said they will seek a new nursing job in the near future. That figure is up sharply, almost twice as high as in 2017.

The 9th annual 2018 Survey of Registered Nurses was conducted during September, 2018 and had 6,121 respondents.


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