Five percent of registered nurses surveyed said they would no longer provide direct patient care within a year, 2% said they would leave the profession entirely in that time frame and an additional 1% said they would retire, according to the American Nurses Association. Nearly 75,900 registered nurses in hospitals in 44 states responded to the online survey, conducted by the ANA from April 2004 through October 2004. Some 79% said they expected to be working in the same hospital and unit for the next year. Meanwhile, 82% reported working overtime and 26% said they had been assigned to somewhere other than their usual unit within the previous two weeks. Survey results were not available online. -- by Melanie Evans
ANA survey provides snapshot of nurse turnover
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