Reasons registered nurses leave or change employment status

J Nurs Adm. 2003 Feb;33(2):111-7. doi: 10.1097/00005110-200302000-00008.


High turnover of nurses compromises patient care and adds to the cost of healthcare. To determine why nurses changed positions or left a midwestern health system, the authors surveyed registered nurses who voluntarily terminated or changed their employment status to as-needed (PRN) within a 9-month period. They discuss the most frequent reasons given for these changes and suggest solutions for retention.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Midwestern United States
  • Motivation
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / supply & distribution*
  • Personnel Administration, Hospital
  • Personnel Turnover*