Around a third of nurses and midwives are actively considering leaving the profession, a new Australia-wide study has found.
The research team from Curtin and Monash universities conducted a national survey of 3000 nurses and midwives —the largest body of employees in the healthcare system.
The overwhelming majority of respondents reported very high workloads – with 85% saying their jobs required them to work very hard and very quickly.
Nearly three quarters of the respondents felt they often had more work than they could do well.
Worryingly, they also reported that cases of physical, verbal and sexual harassment by other staff and patients had been mishandled by management.
Previous surveys showed increasing work demands on nurses and midwives, but the 2016 study points to very significant increases in work-related stress over the past three years.The survey results point to an imminent shortage of highly skilled nurses and midwives unless steps are taken to alleviate workplace demands.
The majority of the workforce is aged 47 years, or older, and is set to retire within the next decade.
The research team examining workplace wellbeing for nurses and midwives included Research Fellow Dr Fenella Gill from Curtin University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Associate Professor Peter Holland from Monash Business School and HDR student and teaching associate Tse Leng Tham from Monash University.
You can read more about the survey here. Story credit: Curtin University newsroom.
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