In examining the nursing shortage, many scholars note the high correlation between job dissatisfaction and "intentions" to leave. This study compares the earnings of individuals with nurse training in non-nursing occupations to those in nursing occupations. Nurses exiting the occupation while remaining employed appear to occur if alternative occupations pay a premium. This premium is higher for males and increases with education. Earnings of nurses in non-nursing occupations do not provide evidence of significant nursing dissatisfaction.
Rubb, Stephen D., "Earnings of Nurses in Non-Nursing Occupations: Evidence of Significant Nursing Dissatisfaction?" (2010). WCOB Faculty Publications. 16.