One of my aunts has worked at a children’s hospital for almost 30 years. Before retiring, my other aunt worked as a nurse in a dialysis clinic for over 20 years. My husband is working at a detention facility as an LVN for almost ten years. These seem like pretty impressive numbers to me; a lot of people I know switch jobs every few years due to layoffs, better opportunities or they just don’t like their job or company. So what makes nursing different? What can an Vocational Nursing student expect when he or she enters the job market?
There is an article written on FierceHealth.com by David Ruth that discusses a new study that was published by Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine. Ruth explains that, “In a comprehensive study of certified nursing assistants, researchers found that attitudinal factors such as job satisfaction and emotional well-being are better predictors of turnover in long-term care facilities.”
Now I know that this study focused on nursing assistants working in long term care facilities, but I think there are some valid points to why people in general choose to stay at a company or facility for a long amount of time. Although money is unarguably an important factor, there are many more reasons why people develop job loyalty.
“Mittal and his co-authors identified three distinct groups among the 620 certified nursing assistants they studied: stayers, who were in the same job for the same organization a year after they were first surveyed; switchers, who continued to work at least 30 hours per week as certified nursing assistants but for a different organization a year after they were first surveyed; and leavers, who were no longer in the direct-care industry or left the workforce entirely… Switchers were similar to stayers in terms of job factors, such as the amount of paid leave and health insurance they received, but differed from them in terms of key attitudinal factors and reported greater emotional distress, lower job satisfaction and less respect for their supervisor. The switchers reported positive outcomes — lower emotional stress and greater job satisfaction after switching jobs — even when switching resulted in lower pay. Job satisfaction remained unchanged for stayers.”
Aren’t these factors that we all look for when determining where we want to work: benefits, positive environment, manageable stress, job satisfaction and a great boss?
As a student in an LVN program in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s never too early to think about where you would like to work. Keep these standards in mind and you’ll find a job you’ll love.
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