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Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2014 Aug-Nov;15(3-4):64-71. doi: 10.1177/1527154414547953. Epub 2014 Aug 25.

What does nurse turnover rate mean and what is the rate?

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1
College of Nursing, New York University, NY, USA ctk1@nyu.edu.
2
School of Nursing University at Buffalo, NY, USA.
3
Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, New York University, NY, USA.
4
College of Nursing, New York University, NY, USA.

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Abstract

Registered nurse turnover is an important indicator of the nurse job market. Despite its wide use as a measure for health-care system analysis, there is a lack of consistency in the definition of turnover. Some definitions include any nurse leaving an organization; others may include involuntary and voluntary leaving. These inconsistent definitions also result in various turnover rates. The RN Work Project is a 10-year panel study of new nurses. Data were collected from the new nurses, rather than from a specific organization. About 17.5% of new nurses leave their first job within 1 year of starting their jobs. Consistent and accurate measurement of turnover is an important step in addressing organizational work environments and policies about the nursing workforce.

KEYWORDS:

RN; cost; nurse turnover; turnover

PMID:
25156041
DOI:
10.1177/1527154414547953
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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