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Retention study identifies key factors affecting 3 generations of nurses
Date:1/17/2012

urses Association reports that only 80% of those educated and licensed to practice are working as RNs, meaning that 480,000 are not.

"These well documented shortages are due to fewer people entering and staying in the profession and the increase in demand for nurses as health services expand to meet the needs of an ageing population" says Dr Shacklock.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • Six independent variables had an important influence on the nurses' intentions to continue nursing and between them these accounted for 21% of the variations in these intentions.

  • Being committed to healing and nursing was the only independent variable identified in the youngest Generation Y age group.

  • Two independent variables were identified in the Generation X nurses: being committed to healing and nursing and the quality of their relationship with their supervisor.

  • Five independent variables were identified in the oldest Baby Boomer group: being committed to healing and nursing, work-family conflict, being allowed to decide how and when to carry out tasks, how well they got on with colleagues and the importance of working.

  • The only factor tested that did not prove a significant influence in any of the age groups was flexible working arrangements.

The data was collected from anonymous surveys sent to the seven hospitals and the 900 completed surveys represented a response rate of 36%.

Over half of the respondents (54%) were Baby Boomers, 38% were Generation X and 8% were Generation Y. Seven out of ten (69%) were RNs and the sample also included nurse unit managers, enrolled nurses and endorsed enrolled nurses. A third (33%) had worked at their hospital for more than 15 years and 59% had worked at their hospital for more than five years. More than half (58%) worked part time, 28% full time and the rest on a casual basis.

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Contact: Annette Whibley
annette.wizard@gmail.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

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