INMO survey shows almost 70% of nurses considering quitting following pandemic

Irish nurses who cannot cope with overcrowding and staff shortages in hospitals are choosing to emigrate or retire.

The INMO says retention of nursing staff continues to be a problem, with many young nurses emigrating since the return of international travel.

A survey last year found 68% of the nurses’ union members were considering leaving the profession after working through the pandemic.

INMO deputy general secretary Edward Matthews says it’s being felt across all age-groups:

“We’re seeing the expressions of wish to leave across all age groups. We’re seeing older nurses who are saying that they won’t stay as long in the service. So seeing it on the grounds of qualified nurses leaving to go to other jurisdictions we’re seeing an extremely significant departure rate among younger nurses and the overcrowded environment. The difficulties in service provision are creating incentives to leave.”

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