For Nurses by Nurses

High workloads will see more nurses quit

A new workforce survey reveals that an increased number of experienced nurses and midwives will leave the profession over the next 12 months due to high workloads caused by inadequate nurse to patient ratios.

The national survey of the attitudes of nurses and midwives, conducted for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) by the Monash University Department of Management, found that:

•23% of nurses and midwives were likely to leave the profession in the next year (an 8 percent increase on last year);
•33% frequently thought about leaving;
•41% will explore other career opportunities.

ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said nurses and midwives who responded to the survey across the health, mental health and aged care sectors also expressed concern that poor staffing levels and skill mixes contributed to high levels of stress among staff and compromised safe patient care – with 23% working double shifts.

Source: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation