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Army nurse officer retention : a qualitative examination of forces influencing the career longevity of army nurses

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Crystal L House (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: "Having fewer nursing personnel to treat patients contributes to increased patient morbidity and mortality and decreased quality care. The U.S. Army faces challenges in its nurse recruitment. Thus, retention of qualified nursing staff is imperative for the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) to provide nursing care to soldiers, retirees, and families worldwide. A stratified, purposive, non-probability sample of 6 officers was interviewed to identify and describe forces affecting retention. Influential forces are numerous and complex. The factors contributing to ANC officer retention were segregated into two global categories: personal desire and emotional investment. Personal desire included intent, career investment, need fulfillment, and benefits, while emotional investment consisted of satisfaction, challenge, and comfort. The life events contributing to ANC officer retention were also segregated into two global categories: organizational environment and personal situation. Organizational environment included education, leadership, and work environment, while personal situation consisted of familial factors, need fulfillment, and comfort. The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
nursing personnel, patient morbidity, mortality, U.S. Army, Army Nurse Corps
Subjects
United States-- Army Nurse Corps--Officers
United States-- Army Nurse Corps--Recruiting, enlistment, etc