One-Fifth Of U.S. Nurses Plan To Quit, 100,000 Total

About 100,000 registered nurses called it quits during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more half a million more planning to leave the workforce by 2027, according to a new survey from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing released on Thursday.

  • One-fifth of the United States’ 4.5 million nurses plan to quit in next five years, according to a new report
  • About 100,000 registered nurses already called it quits during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Over 60% of respondents reported increased workloads during the pandemic, with roughly half feeling drained, used up, fatigued, and/or burned out “a few times a week” to every day, according to the data
  • The report estimates 188,000 nurses under 40 intended to leave the workforce in the coming years