Study says: travel nurses are happier
Full-time nurses have it rough. Longer shifts, increased workloads and dangerous nurse-to-patient ratios are too common. An academic study discovered that one out of every four hospital nurses is burned out. That’s a bummer, especially when you consider that nurses provide some 90% of the world’s healthcare services.
But the recent study also proved that not every nurse is feeling the burn.
Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, a professor of sociology and nursing and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a study to determine the efficacy of travel nurses. The results of the survey revealed more than what was originally intended.
After examining over 40,000 nurses in over 600 hospitals, Linda Aiken concluded that not only are travel nurses satisfied with their jobs, but travel nurses working for agencies had a higher job satisfaction rate compared to full-time nurses.
The results make sense because most travel nursing contracts only last 13 weeks, which isn’t enough time for travelers to get caught up in typical pitfalls that lead to nurse burnout. Also, living life 13 weeks at a time keeps things fresh and exciting.