Attracting and retaining qualified nurses in aged and dementia care: outcomes from an Australian study
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Leadership and management challenges in addressing the dignity and respect agenda Issue editor: Mike Cook
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 234–247, March 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22:234–247Attracting and retaining qualified nurses in aged and dementia care: outcomes from an Australian study, , , & (
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 OCT 2012
- Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing
- Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
- University of New South Wales
- aged care;
- nursing retention;
- work role support
To identify key issues and factors affecting retention of qualified nurses who care for older people and persons with dementia in Australian acute, subacute, community and residential health-care settings.
As the number of older people with chronic conditions needing health care continues to increase research is needed to optimize nurse retention.
Qualified nurses were surveyed with a set of items derived from four published nurse workforce questionnaires (Cronbach's alpha range 0.75–0.96). There were 3983 complete responses and 10 focus groups with 58 volunteer survey respondents.
In addition to reporting a number of workplace issues, nurses also reported reasonable levels of satisfaction. Intrinsic factors related to caregiving, work relations and colleague support. Extrinsic factors included professional opportunities and organisational support.
Altruism is a primary motivation for choosing to nurse older people and persons with dementia. Nurses are most positive when they feel valued and supported by their organisation and colleagues, through education, training, supervision, mentoring opportunities and appropriate remuneration.
Implications for nursing management
Nursing managers need to take positive steps to address the organisational factors outlined in this paper that either inhibit or promote nurse retention.