Aim This study explored the relationship between Registered Nurses’ (RN) empowerment and intent to leave their current position and/or profession.
Background While there is documentation of the relationship between job satisfaction and retention, little is known about the relationship between empowerment and intent to leave either the current position and/or profession.
Methods A web-based survey was conducted in which 1355 respondents completed measures of personal demographics, empowerment, intent to leave their current position and the profession.
Results Relationships were found between empowerment and intent to leave the current position (F = 80.08, P < 0.001) and intent to leave the profession (F = 75.99, P < 0.001).
Implications for nursing management The results of this study contribute to the limited body of knowledge in this area. It is suggested that nursing leaders utilize empowerment and intent to leave the position and/or profession as new concepts to measure future retention within the nursing workforce.
Conclusion Retention strategies need to focus on strategies for nurse empowerment.