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Attrition from nursing and midwifery workforce: analysis of 'young' leavers

Attrition from nursing and midwifery workforce: analysis of 'young' leavers
Attrition from nursing and midwifery workforce: analysis of 'young' leavers
The current work examines some of the main factors which possibly influence the number of ‘young’ leavers from the nursing and midwifery workforce. Two main reasons justify the significance of this research. Firstly, the education and training of health care staff requires a significant financial and time investment. Secondly, there is a relationship between the size of the available workforce and patient outcomes.
The research was conducted in two stages. The first is a qualitative research based on literature review, which covered English and international publications. The findings are summarised in a cognitive map, designed as a part of this study, which categorises the premature attrition factors in three main groups: job satisfaction – related factors, which are central for this work, external factors, and personal characteristics. As a second stage of the research, a quantitative analysis on midwives was conducted. The ground for this decision is the recognised gap in the academic research in this field (Gerova et al. 2010). The quantitative analysis is divided in two parts, preliminary and statistical. Both provide evidence for the existence of strong connections between the attrition rates and the salary band (AfC band) as well as between the attrition rates and the working hours (FTE).
The current work has a number of benefits and implications. The results from the analysis that was conducted could be applied to different research methods, for example, system dynamics modeling. Additionally, the work suggests fields for further research – studying the international aspect of the issue, investigating temporary leavers, as well as examining attrition factors specific to males since the higher attrition rates for this gender could become problematic in future. The current paper proves the importance of analysing nursing and midwifery workforces and has the potential to establish the foundations for a more detailed research in this field.
Dimitrova, Margarita
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Dimitrova, Margarita
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Penn, Marion. L.
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(2012) Attrition from nursing and midwifery workforce: analysis of 'young' leavers. University of Southampton, Southampton Management School, Masters Thesis, 95pp.

Record type: Thesis (Masters)

Abstract

The current work examines some of the main factors which possibly influence the number of ‘young’ leavers from the nursing and midwifery workforce. Two main reasons justify the significance of this research. Firstly, the education and training of health care staff requires a significant financial and time investment. Secondly, there is a relationship between the size of the available workforce and patient outcomes.
The research was conducted in two stages. The first is a qualitative research based on literature review, which covered English and international publications. The findings are summarised in a cognitive map, designed as a part of this study, which categorises the premature attrition factors in three main groups: job satisfaction – related factors, which are central for this work, external factors, and personal characteristics. As a second stage of the research, a quantitative analysis on midwives was conducted. The ground for this decision is the recognised gap in the academic research in this field (Gerova et al. 2010). The quantitative analysis is divided in two parts, preliminary and statistical. Both provide evidence for the existence of strong connections between the attrition rates and the salary band (AfC band) as well as between the attrition rates and the working hours (FTE).
The current work has a number of benefits and implications. The results from the analysis that was conducted could be applied to different research methods, for example, system dynamics modeling. Additionally, the work suggests fields for further research – studying the international aspect of the issue, investigating temporary leavers, as well as examining attrition factors specific to males since the higher attrition rates for this gender could become problematic in future. The current paper proves the importance of analysing nursing and midwifery workforces and has the potential to establish the foundations for a more detailed research in this field.

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Published date: September 2012
Organisations: University of Southampton, Centre of Excellence for International Banking, Finance & Accounting

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367177
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Date deposited: 02 Sep 2014 09:09
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Author: Margarita Dimitrova
Thesis advisor: Marion. L. Penn

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