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Nearly a fifth of nurses in Massachusetts plan to leave the field in the next two years, according to a new survey.

Nurses, doctors and medical workers stood outside of Brigham and Women's and watched as the Massachusetts National Guard 104th Fighter Wing did a flyover as a show of support during COVID-19 pandemic Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

After three years of the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare professionals in this country are burnt out and leaving the field at record numbers. Now, as lockdowns have been lifted nationwide and the state prepares to end the COVID-19 public health emergency in May, more nurses in Massachusetts plan to leave the field. 

A new survey by the Massachusetts Nurses Association found that nearly a fifth of nurses in the state plan to leave the field in two years or less. Most of the nurses surveyed, or 56%, said they would retire from the industry entirely. Another 31% said they plan to take jobs outside of healthcare and 15% said they’d take another job in health care. 


Nurses and other health care professionals have been overworked and understaffed throughout the pandemic, leading to higher rates of burn out and dissatisfaction. Hospitals in the state have spent $1.5 billion last year on temporary labor in the last fiscal year, a 610% increase from the amount spent in September 2019.

“It’s terrifying,” Katie Murphy, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, told the Boston Globe. “But I get it. I really get it. No changes have been made. The crisis continues. I’m not surprised.”

Are you a nurse care or other healthcare professional who has left your job? Do you have plans to leave soon? We want to hear from you. 

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