HealthCrisis at the hospital: 29% of nurses "plan to leave the profession"...

    Crisis at the hospital: 29% of nurses “plan to leave the profession” in the next 12 months

    These results come from an internal survey of the National Order of Nurses, which also alerts to the concern of patients about the reduction in the supply of care.

    “Results that confirm the urgency to act.” The National Order of Nurses (ONI) unveils a survey on Wednesday which highlights the difficulties in which professionals find themselves today and points to the great risk of resignations in the months to come.

    The Order questioned its members on various points, and according to its results, 29% of respondents “plan to leave the profession in the next 12 months”. On the other hand, “only 27% would recommend the profession to their relatives or their children”. Data that could pose a problem in the long and short term, underlines the ONI.

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    The deterioration of working conditions

    Among the problems mentioned by the nurses questioned, 94% of them “believe that their skills are not sufficiently recognized in society” and “83% find that their working conditions have deteriorated in recent months”.

    “It’s a job that I loved, but I don’t see why I would continue to accept letting myself be mistreated”, explains for example Manon Lefort, a nurse who hung up her blouse in July. “It’s unfortunate, because basically I really did this job with passion”.

    Added to this are the levels of remuneration, considered too low within the profession. “I have decided to resign because I am exhausted”, said a nurse from Nice on RMC in June. “Remuneration is a problem, but not only. Everything has increased. I am paid 1,900 euros, a decent salary, but I am overdrawn every month.”

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    The concern “that the supply of care will deteriorate in the future”

    In parallel with this internal consultation, the ONI commissioned a survey of the French people from the OpinionWay institute. And the people questioned also say they regret “89% that the skills of nurses are not sufficiently recognized by society and 91% that the working conditions of nurses are increasingly difficult”.

    89% of the nurses questioned (compared to 77% in May 2022) also point out in the internal study “that their patients are concerned about the difficulty of access to healthcare establishments and healthcare professionals”.

    The OpinionWay poll also reflects this concern. 89% of those questioned say they are worried “for them and for their loved ones at the idea that the care offer will deteriorate in the future”, and 87% think “that the difficulties in accessing health professionals may endanger their health or that of their loved ones”.

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    To compensate for this lack of health professionals in places, the French respondents are mostly in favor of extending the missions of this profession: they recommend letting nurses prescribe painkillers (84%) or renewing prescriptions for long-term conditions (81%).

    The ONI therefore calls on the government to complete the reform of the decree governing nursing skills, a promise from Olivier Veran.

    Salome Vincendon

    Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist

    Source: BFM TV

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