Leaving Bedside Nursing: Why I Left Bedside Nursing

Low pay, understaffing, increased patient ratios, higher acuity patients, abuse from peers and administration and burnout are just a few of the reasons why nurses are running away from the bedside. According to the RN Work Project, their 10 year study found 17% of newly licensed RNs leave their first nursing job within the first year, 33% leave within two years, and 60% leave within eight years. I am part of that 17% who left the bedside within the first year of nursing. I stayed at the bedside for about 6-7 months before I left my first job as a medical surgical nurse.

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