Nursing sabbatical in the acute care hospital setting: A cost-benefit analysis

Academic Article


  • Practice-based acute care nurses experience a high incidence of burnout and dissatisfaction impacting retention and innovation and ultimately burdening the financial infrastructure of a hospital. Business, industry, and academia have successfully implemented professional sabbaticals to retain and revitalize valuable employees; however, the use is infrequent among acute care hospitals. This article expands upon the synthesis of evidence supporting nursing sabbaticals and suggests this option as a fiscally sound approach for nurses practicing in the acute care hospital setting. A cost-benefit analysis and human capital management strategies supporting nursing sabbaticals are identified. Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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    Author List

  • Schaar GL; Swenty CF; Phillips LA; Embree JL; McCool IA; Shirey MR
  • Start Page

  • 340
  • End Page

  • 344
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 6