Predictors of home healthcare nurse retention
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
nurse retention, retention predictors, home healthcare
Purpose: 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. Design: A descriptive correlation study of home healthcare nurses in six New England states. Methods: Home healthcare nurse fob satisfaction self-report data was collected with the HHNJS survey questionnaire & Retention Survey Questionnaire. Findings: Based on a structural equation model, job tenure and job satisfaction were the strongest predictors of nurse retention. Conclusions: 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. Clinical Relevance: 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.
Ellenbecker, C.H., Porell, F., Samia, L.W., Byleckie, J.J. & Milburn, M. (2008). Predictors of home healthcare nurse retention. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40, 151-160. DOI:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2008.00220.x