AMN Healthcare recently released its 2017 Survey of Registered Nurses, highlighting RNs’ opinions on the state of the industry.
The report focuses primarily on nurses’ opinions on leadership. A full 82% of nurses stated that the healthcare industry needs more nurses in positions of power and influence. And almost half (47%) reported that they were unsure if they could truly trust their current leadership.
However, 61% of those surveyed did not plan to pursue leadership positions, with 22% responding that they did intend to. That percentage of nurses intending to strive for these roles was primarily made up of Millennial nurses, with Baby Boomers making up only 10%. Yet Boomers were the most likely to already be leaders in various capacities.
Of course, that’s not surprising. More experienced people tend to ascend to leadership, regardless of the field. And as Boomer nurses reach retirement age, and a greater percentage leaves the workforce, the younger generations will eventually become veterans and take over those leadership roles.
And with that, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about the future of nursing:
One of the most prominent aspects of the survey is the dynamic nature of Millennial nurses. The youngest generation of nurses are [sic] the ones who are most likely to enter leadership roles, attain higher education, support national licensure, and recommend a career in nursing to others …
While nursing will always be fraught with challenges, and the current era of healthcare change may aggravate those challenges, the energy of Millennial nurses constitutes a progressive force for nursing and the healthcare industry.