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Predictors of nurses’ intent to stay at work in a university health center


  • The present research was carried out as part of a program leading to a master's degree in nursing.

Jacynthe Sourdif, McGill University Health Center, 687 Pine Avenue West, Room V2.20 A, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 1A1. Email:


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate nurses’ intent to stay at work and to determine the associations between intent to stay and various predictors. A sample of 108 nurses at a single tertiary care hospital filled in a questionnaire on intent to stay, satisfaction at work, satisfaction with administration, organizational commitment and work group cohesion. The results showed that the majority of nurses are planning to stay in their current job. Satisfaction at work and satisfaction with administration are the best predictors of intent to stay and explained 25.5% of intent to stay variance. It is possible that developing strategies based on the predictors of intent to stay at work could improve that intent. Healthcare organizations could consider this with the objective of increasing nurses’ intent to stay at work and, consequently, retention.