Evaluating nurse turnover: Comparing attitude surveys and exit interviews

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  • High turnover rates among hospital nurses demand rigorous and valid processes of research to determine the reasons motivating such attrition. In most hospitals, the exit interview often provides the only relevant data. The case study reported here examines the relative effectiveness of exit interviews and an employee attitude survey in generating data that are useful in managing nurse retention. The conclusion reached is that the attitude survey generates more data and higher-quality data. Further, the study shows that the use of open-ended questions can provide useful information and probably should be the starting point in developing or supplementing an attitude survey for nurses. Recommendations for improving the usefulness and validity of nurse attitude surveys and exit interviews in managing nurse retention are provided.
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  • Fottler MD; Crawford MA; Quintana JB; White JB
  • Start Page

  • 278
  • End Page

  • 295
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 2