Survey: 1 in 5 healthcare workers to quit jobs in 2007

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A new survey has found that 17 percent of healthcare workers are unhappy with their jobs, and 21 percent plan to leave their current positions in 2007, according to The main reasons motivating the departures – besides unhappiness – are a lack of better pay and/or career advancement opportunities, according to 57 percent of respondents.

Thirty-six percent of healthcare employees indicated that they are dissatisfied with their pay, and just 26 percent saw raises last year. The raises that were given were small, with 64 percent responding that they had received an extra 3 percent or less. Even more (71 percent) did not earn a bonus last year, according to the survey.

Also, more and more healthcare workers feel that they do not have solid career futures in their current positions, with 87 percent of respondents stating they did not receive a promotion last year, and 23 percent feeling overlooked. Generally, 31 percent of healthcare workers feel dissatisfied with the overall career advancement opportunities and 29 percent are dissatisfied with training and development options at their places of employment.

"The healthcare industry added more than 324,000 jobs last year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for "In addition, the healthcare industry is facing a shortage of qualified staff as our aging population demands more medical services. In this employee-driven climate, instituting formal recruitment and retention efforts has never been more important."