Everyone in the nursing field seems to be talking about how to get a good work-life balance. But how many nurses are actually achieving it is another question.
Being able to take time off for family vacations or to stay home with a sick child is important for most nurses. But a sense of being satisfied at work may matter even more.
Up and coming “millennial” nurses seem particularly focused on getting satisfaction from their work. unfortunately, right now they don’t seem to be finding it. According to one study, about 18% of newly-licensed RNs leave their first job within a year.
Giving young nurses an opportunity to work on hospital committees, to work on setting care policies and providing them with financial help to get a nursing master’s degree are some key ways hospitals can make young nurses feel more fulfilled – and stay in their jobs rather than jumping ship. Here’s how one nurse is looking into work-life balance with three generations of RNs in her own family.