Majority of nurses in Taiwan think about quitting: poll
Over 90 percent of nurses in Taiwan have thought about leaving their current jobs over the past year, according to a job bank survey released Monday.
The poll by 1111 Job Bank, one of Taiwan’s leading human resources agencies, showed that 92 percent of nurses considered quitting over the past year, while more than 50 percent thought about switching to a different profession.
The three main reasons given were that medical personnel were not being respected (70 percent), a poor medical system (55 percent), and long working hours and being on call around the clock, (49.2 percent).
Other reasons listed were overwork and work pressure (48 percent), and discrepancy between work and income (32.7).
Daniel Lee, vice president of 1111 Job Bank, said the problem is linked to increasing workload and pressure deriving from the nation- al health insurance system and a deteriorating relationship between medical personnel and patients, which have worn down the nurses’ enthusiasm and commitment.
The poll indicated that nurses who have been working in the profession for five to seven years are most inclined to seek positions elsewhere, while those who have been working for seven to nine years are most likely to switch professions.
For those thinking about chang- ing careers, the most popular options include the beauty industry, hospitality, human resources and administrative positions, academic and educational careers, and jobs in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, according to the poll.
Many nurses hope to practice their profession but are forced to give up when they get married and start a family, because they cannot cope with the shift work at hospitals, Lee said, citing the poll.