One in 4 Clinicians Want to Leave Healthcare, Citing Burnout. Here's What Providers Can Do to Stem the Tide

Fierce Healthcare | By Heather Landi
About one out of four clinicians in the U.S. are considering leaving healthcare, primarily due to unrelenting burnout.
Even among doctors and nurses who want to stay in healthcare, about a third are considering switching employers, according to a Bain and Company survey. Research shows that around half of clinicians surveyed report their mental health has declined since the start of the pandemic.
Of those considering leaving the field entirely, 89% cite burnout as the main cause, the consultancy firm's survey of nearly 600 clinicians found. Additionally, around 40% of all clinicians surveyed say they don’t have the resources they need to operate at full potential. They report a lack of effective processes and workflows, supplies and equipment. And 59% don’t believe their teams are adequately staffed.
Clinicians' dissatisfaction is also illustrated by drastically dropping Net Promoter Scores (NPS), a measure of their likelihood to recommend their employer. U.S. physicians’ NPS dropped 17 points from 36 points in 2020 to 19 points and this year, nurses weighed in with a dissatisfied NPS of 11 points, according to the company.
These challenges, including turnover and potential departure from the industry, come as the healthcare industry is already facing a tight labor market that is on track to be short 38,000 to 124,000 physicians by 2034, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Aligned with the low NPS scores, hospital-based staff has the highest turnover rate, which increased 6.4 percentage points in the past year alone, according to NSI’s National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Report. The staff RN turnover rate has reached 27%, exceeding the turnover rate for hospital staff overall (26%) for the first time…

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