Thirty Years of Nursing Turnover Research: Looking Back to Move Forward

Medical Care Research and Review (Impact Factor: 2.62). 06/2012; 70(1). DOI: 10.1177/1077558712449056
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Despite the substantial amount of useful prior work on turnover among nurses, our understanding of the causal mechanisms explaining why nurses voluntarily leave their jobs is limited. The purpose of this article is to promote the development of stronger conceptual models of the causes of voluntary turnover among nurses. The author compares the nursing-specific literature to research on voluntary turnover from the general management field over the past 30 years and examines the evolution of key theories used in the nursing literature. Results of this review comparing nursing research with that in the broader field suggest that, over time, nursing research has not kept pace with conceptualizations from general management explaining why people either remain at or quit their jobs. The author argues that conceptual models of turnover among nurses can benefit significantly from drawing more effectively on particular models and concepts available in general management studies of turnover.

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    • "Thus, staff retention of registered nurses (RNs) who are skilled for comprehensive geriatric care becomes more important. Consequently, research from different disciplines has analyzed potential pull and push forces involved in nurses' turnover (Gilmartin, 2013; Steel & Lounsbury, 2009). Many factors have been identified, e.g., environmental variables (e.g., city size), individual variables (e.g., age, professional experience), attitudinal variables (e.g., job satisfaction, commitment), work characteristics (e.g., job demands, job control), and organizational determinants (e.g., leadership behavior). "
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    • "A number of descriptive studies from different countries have used surveys to examine some of the reasons for nurse turnover [6,14,16]. However the mechanisms that underpin nurses’ decisions to leave are not well understood [17]. "
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    • "We do not attempt to replicate any of these models entirely, but rather use key principles emphasized by several models including the Price and Muller (1981) model, the anticipated turnover model (Hinshaw and Atwood 1985), the unfolding turnover model (Lee and Mitchell 1994), and the absence and turnover model (Borda and Norman 1997). A recent review provides details about these models and how they have been applied in nursing (Gilmartin 2013). We view the theory of reasoned action (Fishbein and Ajzen 1975) as a common foundation of the turnover models. "
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