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  • 19 July 2022
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Why Do Nurses Leave? Join This Survey

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  • Matt Farrah
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    • Mat Martin
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Work/Life Balance? Management? Stress? Staffing Levels? Why would YOU leave?Work/Life Balance? Management? Stress? Staffing Levels? Why would YOU leave?

We try to help Nurses overcome the challenges they face. But some are so great they trigger a resignation. We know the data around retention. We want to hear from YOU. Why would you leave nursing?

Tell us in the comments below - scroll down.

Or complete our survey.

In our Clinical Coaching sessions we work hard to help Nurses and Nursing Support (HCAs / HCSWs) overcome the many known challenges they face, so that they feel supported and ‘Stay’.

Find out how we've helped NHS Devon RNs, HCAs / HCSWs feel supported and stay.

This survey will help us in that mission.

If we know ALL the challenges you face, we can help you overcome them.

We will build the results of this survey into our nursing / clinical coaching and retention services (The Nurses.co.uk Academy) so your healthcare employer can support you better.

Or, you might want to explain why you would Stay. Share it.

Tell us in the comments below - scroll down.

Or complete our survey.

Who Should Take Part In This Survey?

Earlier this year we ran a poll which revealed 35% of Nurses are planning to leave Nursing in 2022.

So we know those numbers. But WHY?

Below we’ve detailed the common reasons or triggers for Nurses who leave.

This presents NHS data, NMC data, RCN data and Nuffield Health data.

We want your voice now.

If you are a UK Registered Nurse, we would love to hear from you.

You will fall into one of these three camps:

1. You Have Left

Tell Us, Why Did You Leave Your Job Or The Register? (the chief reason)

2. You Are Considering Leaving

Tell Us Why? (the chief reason)

3. You Are Not Considering Leaving

That’s excellent. But you may still have a view - what one thing would you fix to help nursing retention? Alternatively, tell us why you want to Stay in post.

Tell us in the comments below - scroll down.

Or complete our survey.

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We Want You To Stay

If you are familiar with our brand you will know that we are on a mission to help  Nurses stay in nursing and if necessary re-learn what it is they love about it.

But there is NOT the same investment in retention as the amount spent on nursing recruitment.

And this is despite over half of Nurses stating that they are “considering or planning leaving their current post” (Royal College of Nursing report).

nurse planning on leavingHuge jump in the number of Nurses who say they are considering leaving.

Help us prove to organisations that you need to be supported and recognised.

We will amplify the messages below so that you are heard.

there is not the same investment in retention as there is recruitment … this is despite over half of Nurses stating that they are considering leaving their current post

What is / would be your leave reason, and why?

Tell us in the comments below - scroll down.

Or complete our survey.

Leaving Reasons Given To The NHS

Below are the common reasons given to the NHS by Nurses who are leaving.

• Shift patterns

• Lack of respect

• Lack of focus on patients

• Patient safety concerns

• Unmanageable workload

• Bullying and harassment

• No respect from senior managers

• Not feeling valued

• Poor physical health

• Too many hours

• Unrealistic expectations

• Exhaustion

• Lack of senior support

• Stress

• Career progression

• Lack of flexibility

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Leaving Reasons - Nuffield Trust Report

The following is from a Nuffield Trust report in March 2022 about why Nurses left.

• Work-life balance (quadrupled in last decade)

• Wellbeing (quadrupled in last decade)

• Lack of career development (doubled in last decade)

• Lack of reward (quadrupled in last decade)

• Unfair treatment (discrimination, bullying, harassment)

• Low levels of staffing

• Pressure and stress

• Covid (14%)

• Undervalued (recognised and valued)

• Unable to provide acceptable level of care

• Burn-out

Reasons For Planning To Leave - RCN Report

The following was from a report published in December 2021 by the RCN.

• Feeling undervalued

• Too much pressure

• Feeling exhausted

• Staffing levels

Levels of pay

• Level of care I would like to provide cannot be given

• Not enough managerial support

• My own stress levels

• Paperwork

• A new challenge

• Seeking promotion

• Retirement

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Leaving Reasons - NMC Register March 2022

The following is available in the NMC Register, March 2022, report.

• Change in personal circumstances

• Stress / Pressure

• Workplace culture having a negative effect

• Leaving the UK

• Covid 19

• Concerned about not being able to meet revalidation requirements

• Disillusioned by the quality of the care provided to patients

• Staffing levels

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  • Matt Farrah
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Helping healthcare organisations attract and retain the best staff so they can deliver great patient care. I'm motivated by supporting the people who care to do the job they've chosen.

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  • Matt Farrah
    Nurses.co.uk CEO

Helping healthcare organisations attract and retain the best staff so they can deliver great patient care. I'm motivated by supporting the people who care to do the job they've chosen.

    • Laura Bosworth
    • Mat Martin
    • Richard Gill
  • 5
  • 974

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    • Michele Hill 13 days ago
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    • Michele Hill
      13 days ago

      I was forced to leave by bullying managers, no support, never getting a lunch break, case over load being put ... read more

      • So sorry to hear this Michele. It's not good enough. I know that the NHS have templated a way of fixing this, but there's no doubt they have a mountain to climb to achieve this. The intention is there... read more

        So sorry to hear this Michele. It's not good enough. I know that the NHS have templated a way of fixing this, but there's no doubt they have a mountain to climb to achieve this. The intention is there, by some, but we don't see, currently, evidence of enough funding to bring about all the changes required to fulfil the NHS People Plan. Words are important, but action simply needs funding and apart from a scant CPD budget of around £200 - £300 per year and investment in leads and managers, we can't see any other pots of funding from Gov.
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        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        when I say "£200 - £300 per year" I mean a CPD budget per Nurse of that amount seems to be the norm. Happy to hear otherwise if I'm wrong. But that's our understanding generally.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Mercy Nwanyanwu 18 days ago
      Mercy Nwanyanwu
    • Mercy Nwanyanwu
      18 days ago

      Nursing is my passion, I hope conditions for Nurses will get better soon. These reports are really scary!

      • We hope so too. We're doing what we can to help get there!

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Penny Corkerton 19 days ago
      Penny Corkerton
    • Penny Corkerton
      19 days ago

      So no protected title ; anyone can call themselves a nurse, no uniform recognition and a pay rise , that ... read more

      • Thanks Penny. Always painful to hear these truths, but they need to be said. Hey, I thought that "Registered Nurse" was a protected title that only qualified Nurses could use?(We make a point on this ... read more

        Thanks Penny. Always painful to hear these truths, but they need to be said. Hey, I thought that "Registered Nurse" was a protected title that only qualified Nurses could use?(We make a point on this site of always using the capital N when talking about Nurses. Every detail counts!
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    • Brendan Whyatt 19 days ago
      Brendan Whyatt
    • Brendan Whyatt
      19 days ago

      I have worked in healthcare since 1998 and Professional Nursing on both side of our planet and the core issues ... read more

    • andy hanson 21 days ago
      andy hanson
    • andy hanson
      21 days ago

      Ever since the removal of the Whitley contract many years ago I have watched terms and conditions degenerate. There was ... read more

      • "Andy Hanson a very old and tired nurse 37 years service". Thanks for sharing that Andy. If you'd like to explain more about the Whitley contract as a reply I'm sure others would find that useful.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah