2023 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses
The Pandemic’s Consequences
The 2023 Survey of Registered Nurses examines the impact COVID-19 had on the career plans, job satisfaction, and mental health & wellness of more than 18,000 RNs. Additionally, the report provides insight into collaborative solutions that need to be engaged by many sectors of the healthcare industry, professional organizations and government.
Conducted every other year since 2009, this year's survey is our largest and most comprehensive yet.
Highlights from the survey:
- Nurse career satisfaction has been at 80-85% for a decade; in 2023, it dropped to 71%. Likelihood of encouraging others to become a nurse is down 14 points from 2021.
- Only 15% of nurses employed in hospitals say they will “continue working as I am” in one year. 36% of hospital nurses say they will continue working as nurses but seek a new place of employment.
- 30% of nurses say they are likely to leave their career due to the pandemic, up 7 points since 2021.
- Four of five nurses say they experience a great deal or a lot of stress, up 16 points from 2021. Worry that their job is affecting their health is up 19 points. Often feeling emotionally drained rose 15 points.
- 94% of respondents agree there is a severe or moderate shortage of nurses in their area, with half of nurses saying the shortage is severe.
- 80% of nurses expect the shortage to get much worse or somewhat worse in the next five years, with half of nurses saying the shortage will get much worse.