1. Hegney, Desley PhD, FRCNA, RN
  2. McCarthy, Alexandra MNurs, MRCNA, RN
  3. Rogers-Clark, Cath MNurs, RN
  4. Gorman, Don EdD, FRCNA, FANZCMHN, RN


Because higher-than-average turnover rates for nurses who work in remote and rural areas are the norm, the authors conducted a study to identify professional and personal factors that influenced rural nurses' decisions to resign. Using a mail survey, the authors gathered qualitative and quantitative data from nurses who had resigned from rural and remote areas in Queensland, Australia. Their findings, categorized into professional and rural influences, highlight the importance of work force planning strategies that capitalize on the positive aspects of rural and remote area practice, to retain nurses in nonmetropolitan areas.