Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities

Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, Rogers-Clark, Cath, & Gorman, Don (2002) Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities. Collegian, 9(2), pp. 33-39.

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This paper presents a selection of the results reported in the study “Factors Influencing the Recruitment and Retention of Rural and Remote Area Nurses in Queensland” (Hegney et al 2001). The main aim of this study was to determine why nurses in those rural and remote areas of Queensland that reported higher than State average turnover rates between February 1999 and May 2000, chose to leave their employment. The study therefore investigated the factors that influenced nurses' decisions to leave rural and remote area practice, the factors that influenced them to remain in practice and those factors nurses considered irrelevant to leaving or staying in rural/remote area nursing. This paper reports those factors the participants believed influenced them to leave rural and remote area nursing in Queensland. While the findings cannot be generalised to the Australian nursing workforce or to nurses not employed by Queensland Health, the study does confirm the findings of previous Australian research and formulates recommendations to assist future nursing workforce planning and policy.

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ID Code: 64553
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: retention, nursing workforce, rural and remote, Queensland, rural nursing, remote area nursing, retention, leaving factors, management
DOI: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60414-X
ISSN: 1322-7696
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 00:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 00:26

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