Title

A statewide analysis of RNs' intention to leave their position

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2003

Abstract

The magnitude of the projected nursing shortage supports retention of Registered Nurses (RNs) as an essential healthcare workforce strategy. Purpose: This paper reports an analysis of RN workforce data in one rural state, Vermont; identifies patterns within this workforce; and details predictors of intention to leave current position for reasons of career advancement, life situations, or job dissatisfaction. Method: A secondary analysis of RN relicensure surveys was done, (n= 4418; response rate = 85%). Findings: Differences in intention to leave vary by educational attainment, hours worked per week, gender, practice role, and practice activity. Conclusion: Tackling nurse dissatisfaction in order to improve retention will require increased attention to compensation, education, and career development and flexibility, with resulting implications for state and federal policy formation.

Publication Title

Nursing Outlook

Volume

51

Issue

4

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