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Human resource management strategies for the retention of nurses in acute care settings in hospitals in Australia

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela HoganPamela Hogan, Lorna MoxhamLorna Moxham, Trudy DwyerTrudy Dwyer
It is paramount that there is an adequate workforce supply for now and in the future, to achieve equitable and quality health outcomes and consumer access to healthcare, regardless of geographic location. nursing forms the largest body of employees in the health care system, spanning all segments of care. A shortage of nurses, particularly in acute care settings in hospitals, jeopardizes the provision of quality care to consumers. This article provides a literature review of Australian state and Federal Government reports into nurse retention. All reports discuss staff turnover rates, the average age of nurses; enrollment numbers in nursing courses; workloads, nursing workforce shortfalls and the effect on the work environment; leadership and management styles; organizational culture; change management; the mobility of nursing qualifications both locally and internationally and the critical need to value nurses. Then why has the situation of nurse retention not improved? Possible reasons for the continued shortage and the promise of strategic HRM in addressing nurse retention are discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

24

Issue

2

Start Page

189

End Page

199

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

1037-6178

Location

Maleny, QLD

Publisher

eContent Management Pty Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Contemporary nurse.

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