Surgical nurses' intention to leave a workplace in Iceland: a questionnaire study
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Retention, fatigue, burnout and job satisfaction: new aspects and challenges Issue editor: Kristiina Hyrkas
Volume 22, Issue 5, pages 543–552, July 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 543–552. Surgical nurses’ intention to leave a workplace in Iceland: a questionnaire study, (
- Issue published online: 14 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 AUG 2012
- intention to leave;
- job satisfaction;
- professional practice;
- surgical nursing;
- work load
To explore surgical nurses’ reported determinants of intention to leave a workplace.
Nurses’ work environment influences nurses’ intent to leave the workplace.
A descriptive, quantitative study design using a structured questionnaire was used to measure the intention of all nurses (n = 383; 49% response rate) working at the surgical division at Landspítali– The National University Hospital of Iceland to leave a practice.
Low general job satisfaction, followed by little praise from nurse managers and having to perform unprofessional work had the greatest influence on nurses’ intention to leave a workplace. In addition, nurses who found their own knowledge respected, but were not pleased with the work were more likely to consider leaving.
A lack of praise by unit managers, engagement in unprofessional work, low job satisfaction coupled with having ones’ knowledge respected and a non-competitive work climate are factors contributing to nurses’ intention to leave. Factors contributing to nurses’ intention to leave may result in a lack of interest in work, low morale and may ultimately lead to unsafe patient care.
Implications for Nursing Management
Managers benefit from building and supporting a work morale that fosters nurses’ intentions to stay in a professional work environment. This includes providing nurses with regular feedback about clinical work.