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The training and job decisions of nurses: the first year of a longitudinal study investigating nurse recruitment and retention. CHERE Working Paper 2012/02

Patricia Kenny (), Denise Doiron (), Jane Hall, Deborah J Street, Kathleen Milton-Wildey and Glenda Parmenter
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Patricia Kenny: CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney
Deborah J Street: University of Technology, Sydney

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Abstract: Understanding the employment choices and preferences of new entrants to the nursing profession is an important element in the formulation of policies for ensuring an adequate supply of nurses to meet population healthcare needs in the coming decades. A longitudinal cohort study to investigate the job preferences of nursing students and new graduates commenced in New South Wales in 2008. The study aimed to identify the relative importance of job attributes as well as factors such as age, family structure, education and health in nurses? employment choices. In addition to studying actual choices, it uses repeated discrete choice experiments (DCE) to measure preferences for job attributes and how these change after graduation and throughout the early career years. Data collection by annual online surveys commenced in September 2009 and, after one year, 530 participants had completed the first survey. This paper describes the characteristics of this cohort; it also provides an outline of the study and its methods.

Keywords: Discrete choice experiments; nursing workforce; employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 I19 J2 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-02
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