Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities

Hegney, Desley and McCarthy, Alexandra and Rogers-Clark, Cath and Gorman, Don (2002) Why nurses are resigning from rural and remote Queensland health facilities. Collegian, 9 (2). pp. 33-39. ISSN 1322-7696


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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 06:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural nursing; remote area nursing; retention; leaving factors; management
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3043

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