Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004

Eley, Rob, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Plank, Ashley, Hegney, Desley and Parker, Victoria (2007) Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004. Journal of Nursing Management, 15 3: 285-293. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00652.x

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Author Eley, Rob
Buikstra, Elizabeth
Plank, Ashley
Hegney, Desley
Parker, Victoria
Title Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004
Journal name Journal of Nursing Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-0429
Publication date 2007-03-13
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00652.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 285
End page 293
Total pages 9
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321199 Nursing not elsewhere classified
730302 Nursing
Abstract Aim. Data were collected on tenure, mobility and retention of the nursing workforce in Queensland to aid strategic planning by the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU). Background. Shortages of nurses negatively affect the health outcomes of patients. Population rise is increasing the demand for nurses in Queensland. The supply of nurses is affected by recruitment of new and returning nurses, retention of the existing workforce and mobility within institutions. Methods. A self-reporting, postal survey was undertaken by the QNU members from the major employment sectors of aged care, public acute and community health and private acute and community health. Results. Only 60% of nurses had been with their current employer more than 5 years. In contrast 90% had been in nursing for 5 years or more and most (80%) expected to remain in nursing for at least another 5 years. Breaks from nursing were common and part-time positions in the private and aged care sectors offered flexibility. Conclusion. The study demonstrated a mobile nursing workforce in Queensland although data on tenure and future time in nursing suggested that retention in the industry was high. Concern is expressed for replacement of an ageing nursing population.
Keyword Australia
staff turnover
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Additional Notes This is an author version of an article originally published as ROB ELEY, ELIZABETH BUIKSTRA, ASHLEY PLANK, DESLEY HEGNEY, VICTORIA PARKER (2007) Tenure, mobility and retention of nurses in Queensland, Australia: 2001 and 2004, Journal of Nursing Management 15 (3), 285–293. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00652.x Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing. All rights reserved.

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