SDW news brief: Study identifies key factors in nursing retention across three generations

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 20, 2012

A study conducted by researchers in Australia found that many nurses are dedicated to healing and the nursing profession, and concluded that building upon this commitment could be essential in improving hospital nurse retention rates. Researchers gathered data from 900 anonymous surveys completed by nurses at seven private hospitals, and grouped respondents according to age: Baby Boomers (ages 44 to 46), Generation X (ages 29 to 43), and Generation Y (29 or younger).

The results of the survey show that older nurses identified a greater number of variables that influenced their decision to continue working in the nursing profession, while the youngest group of nurses identified a single variable. The survey also revealed that flexible working arrangements did not factor in to nurse retention.

Researchers note the necessity of additional research to identify the many factors that influence nurse retention, but they believe their recent findings will have implications at hospitals worldwide.

Source: Medical News Today

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