Registered nurses typically enjoy a high level of job satisfaction according to the latest nursing statistics. In a 2021 survey of RNs, 81% of nurses said they were satisfied with their jobs. While the COVID-19 pandemic increased rates of nurses feeling burned out or emotionally drained, 66% said they planned to remain at their current jobs, which is actually an increase from the 2019 statistic of 64%.
Nurse practitioners also enjoy high levels of job satisfaction. U.S. News & World Report ranks the profession as #1 in Best Health Care Jobs and #2 in the 100 Best Jobs overall. Nurse practitioners do tend to experience above average levels of stress, but they enjoy above average opportunities for upward mobility through career advancements and salary increases.
The public deeply and overwhelmingly trusts nurses. As noted in the introduction, the Gallup’s annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll ranked nurses in the number one position for the 20th year in a row. Not only that, but 81% of Americans polled stated that nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “very high” or “high.” The second-highest profession only reached 67%, highlighting the unique, positive impact of nurses on the lives of individuals.
Nurses are trusted greatly because they serve as both confidantes and liaisons between doctors and family members. This level of professional respect, combined with the fact that nurses have dedicated their lives to helping others, make the profession difficult to surpass in integrity, especially during a pandemic and pandemic recovery.
The demand for registered nurses (RNs) and family nurse practitioners (FNPs) remains high for several reasons. The aging population has a twofold effect on the nursing profession as both nurses and the patients they care for are growing older. Many nurses are nearing retirement age, and many patients are facing increased health care needs. Worldwide, 4.7 million nurses are expected to retire by 2030. When combined with the existing nursing shortage and aging Baby Boomer population, that results in the need for 10.6 million new nurses by 2030.
In the United States, the BLS projects that there will be about 194,500 openings for registered nurses every year through 2030 as nurses retire and patient demand increases. That represents a 9% growth rate in registered nursing jobs by 2030. This percentage translates to 276,800 new nursing jobs in the coming years.