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  1. Bugajski, Andrew RN, BSN
  2. Lengerich, Alex MS, PhD(c)
  3. Marchese, Matthew RN, BSN, CCRN
  4. Hall, Brittany BSN, RN
  5. Yackzan, Susan MSN, APRN, AOCN, PhD(c)
  6. Davies, Claire PhD, PT, CLT-LANA
  7. Brockopp, Dorothy PhD, RN


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the importance of factors related to nurse retention.


BACKGROUND: Retaining nurses within the healthcare system is a challenge for hospital administrators. Understanding factors important to nurse retention is essential.


METHODS: Responses of nurses (n = 279) to the Baptist Health Nurse Retention Questionnaire (BHNRQ) at a 391-bed Magnet(R) redesignated community hospital were analyzed to explore differences in importance scores of bedside nurses.


RESULTS: The results demonstrate that each of the 12 items on the BHNRQ was moderately to highly important. A multivariate analysis of variance based on generation, degree, unit, and experience revealed no significant differences on subscale scores (nursing practice, management, and staffing). Themes derived from the comment section on the BHNRQ were consistent with quantitative findings.


CONCLUSION: Clinical and managerial competence, engagement with their employees, and presence on the unit are keys to retaining a satisfied nursing workforce.