Determinants of hospital staff nurse turnover

Carol S. Weisman, Cheryl S. Alexander, Gary A. Chase

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Organizational and nonorganizational determinants of staff nurse turnover are investigated in a panel study of 1,259 nurses employed in two university-affiliated hospitals. Findings are consistent with a causal chain in which perceived autonomy, job satisfaction, intent to leave the hospital and turnover are a sequence of outcomes reflecting the successive stages of a nurse’s decision to resign. Both personal characteristics and job-related attributes are predictive at various stages of the process, although family status variables have no significant effects. Implications for hospital management of turnover are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-443
Number of pages13
JournalMedical care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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