The costs of nurse turnover, part 2: application of the Nursing Turnover Cost Calculation Methodology

J Nurs Adm. 2005 Jan;35(1):41-9. doi: 10.1097/00005110-200501000-00014.


This is the second article in a 2-part series focusing on nurse turnover and its costs. Part 1 (December 2004) described nurse turnover costs within the context of human capital theory, and using human resource accounting methods, presented the updated Nursing Turnover Cost Calculation Methodology. Part 2 presents an application of this method in an acute care setting and the estimated costs of nurse turnover that were derived. Administrators and researchers can use these methods and cost information to build a business case for nurse retention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease / nursing
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Data Collection / standards
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Employment / economics
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nursing Administration Research / methods*
  • Nursing Administration Research / standards
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / economics*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / supply & distribution
  • Personnel Selection / economics
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / economics
  • Personnel Turnover / economics*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits / economics