The survey also reveals that nurses are eager to continue their nursing education in the near term (over the next one-to-three years). It found that 40% of nurses wanted to pursue an advanced degree.
Broken down by age, the numbers were impressive. Almost 70% of 19- to 39-year-old respondents planned to pursue more advanced degrees, with 37% of this age group saying that they planned to purse a master's degree in nursing.
In addition, the survey found that 28% of respondents are considering getting specialty certification in the next one-to-three years; 35% say they're already certified through their professional organization.
In other words, nurses are motivated; they yearn to learn. Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton Christensen describes motivation like this:"[it] means that you've got an engine inside of you that drives you to keep working in order to feel successful and to help the organization be successful. It causes you to keep at it through thick and thin. Motivators are things like, 'I have the opportunity to achieve important things,''I learn ways to be better,' and 'I'm an important part of a team.' If you have those kinds of experiences every day, you're motivated, and you'll be satisfied."
The findings of the AMN Healthcare survey are intriguing all by themselves, but smart nurse leaders can also use them to their advantage by harnessing their employees' career enthusiasm while also improving recruitment and retention.