Nursing career fulfillment: Statistics and statements from registered nurses

Carol Reineck, Antonio Furino

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▶ While numerous studies have quantified the challenging aspects of the nursing profession today in terms such as vacancy and turnover rates, fewer have truly "qualified" the personal aspects of being a nurse in verbatim terms such as "unmanageable" and "impossible." ▶ This study attempts to complement existing data with deeper meaning about the complexity and intensity of the nursing experience. ▶ The survey of nurses (N=801) from Texas addressed issues such as compensation, personal health, and work environment. ▶ Several themes emerged from the survey including a clear statement that nurses love the "intrinsic rewards of nursing" with equally clear statements about negative aspects of their career. ▶ Compensation was frequently cited as a dissatisfier with respect to issues like recruitment being valued more than retention, wage compression for bed-side roles, and minimal differentiation for expertise. ▶ Stressors named by nurses were multi-faceted: paperwork, patient complexity, turnover, and overtime. ▶ Feedback related to workload was notably intense with comments such as "powerfully overwhelming".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30+48
JournalNursing Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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