By: Cross Country Nurses
Posted: Jan 12, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nursing forever, with many nurses and those who advocate for them hoping the field will transform – using the unprecedented health crisis as a make-or-break moment to press for lasting change.
The pandemic brought about greater burnout and more nurses considering leaving the profession, but it also has the potential to modernize the sector and implement permanent changes to better the work and personal lives of nurses. That is, if the opinions and perspectives of nurses are truly heard.
In mid- 2021, Cross Country Healthcare in partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, conducted a groundbreaking survey, A New Nursing Crisis: How the Pandemic Has Changed Nurses, to measure nurses’ sentiments on various aspects of their profession and experiences prior to, during, and post-pandemic. A total of 570 practicing nurses and students across a range of ages, specialties, and healthcare facilities completed the online survey between May and June 2021.
The findings capture what’s on the minds of today’s nurses, how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered or influenced their state-of-mind regarding their profession, and perhaps most importantly, what they believe needs to change about the healthcare industry overall.
Nurses weighed in on pressing issues, such as:
In addition to these issues, the survey examines other key trends and perspectives among nurses, such as changing job satisfaction levels, burnout/stress, future career plans, and a special report on the next generation of nurses.
As a career partner to nurses and other healthcare professionals across the country, we continue to advocate and support our valued healthcare providers, including the use of insightful research to capture the advice and insight from those on the front lines to better inform policies and programs that will lead to a better and brighter future for our nurses.
To learn more about what your fellow nurses had to say in the A New Nursing Crisis: How the Pandemic Has Changed Nurses research, download the report HERE.
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