Nearly half of nurses may leave the nursing profession in the next two years: survey

October 20, 2021

Fully 49% of nurses surveyed are likely to exit the profession over the next two years, according to ShiftMed’s annual State of Nursing Report.

“The mental and physical stress of the pandemic, excessive hours, lack of time off, and flexibility is making some nurses reconsider their profession,” said Todd Walrath, CEO of 

In the survey of 250 nurses, among those who indicated they may leave nursing in the next two years, 38% said they will pursue non-patient-facing roles in healthcare, whereas 31% said they plan to leave healthcare altogether. More than three-fourths of the respondents indicated that the desire to care for others is just not enough to draw people into caregiving.

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