Much is being written about the employment crisis happening in healthcare, where many clinicians are reexamining their choice of a healthcare career and considering big changes. Though the roots of this problem are years in the making and related to longstanding issues in the healthcare industry, it appears that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the choice of many healthcare staffers to consider abandoning caregiving.
A May 2021 article from CNBC offers that recent studies show “between 20% and 30% of frontline U.S. health-care workers say they are now considering leaving the profession.” Another study found “that four in 10 (43%) nurses are considering leaving their role in 2021 — a figure that is higher among ICU workers (48%).” In addition to career changes, accelerated retirements are also a looming possibility. A similar UK survey of doctors about their careers revealed that “Close to one-third (31%)… said they were now more likely to retire early, while a quarter (25%) were considering taking a career break and around one in six (17%) said they would rather work in another country.”
There’s never been a more important time for healthcare organizations to improve clinical employee satisfaction in an effort to keep vital healthcare employees in their jobs, at a time when they are needed like never before. Here are some recent examples of ways organizations are working to improve the healthcare employee work environment:
Employee-friendly measures, like increasing compensation and supporting nurse scheduling that is more conducive to work-life balance, are an important part of the effort to improve Nurse satisfaction and retain the existing nurse workforce. Nurses are more likely to stay if they feel confident in their skills and knowledge, as well as their preparation for providing care. HealthStream helps facilitate two nursing competency-related programs that support greater job satisfaction.
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