Predictors of Home Healthcare Nurse Retention

College Of Nursing and Health Sciences, Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125-3393, USA.
Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Impact Factor: 1.77). 02/2008; 40(2):151-60. DOI: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2008.00220.x
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ABSTRACT To examine the level of job satisfaction and test a theoretical model of the direct and indirect effects of job satisfaction, and individual nurse and agency characteristics, on intent to stay and retention for home healthcare nurses.
A descriptive correlation study of home healthcare nurses in six New England states.
Home healthcare nurse job satisfaction self-report data was collected with the HHNJS survey questionnaire & Retention Survey Questionnaire.
Based on a structural equation model, job tenure and job satisfaction were the strongest predictors of nurse retention.
Understanding the variables associated with home healthcare nurse retention can help agencies retain nurses in a time of severe nurse shortages and increased patient demand.
Predicted nursing shortages and increasing demand have made the retention of experienced, qualified nursing staff essential to assure access to high-quality home healthcare services in the future.

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