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Nurses' intention to quit: NITQ: Development of a measuring instrument
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

For decades, researchers have shown interest in nurses' intention to quit. Studies reveal that 17-54% of all nurses have an intention of leaving their workplace and longitudinal studies have found a significant relation between the intention and quitting. With a global shortage of nurses and an increasing need for care, the situation is critical. Results of meta-analyses show a myriad of underlying factors, loss of joint effort and a missing synthesis of measuring instruments. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a multidimensional instrument that measures nurses' intention to quit. 33 articles were reviewed and used to construct a 50-item questionnaire. Ten areas were found relevant: demographic, career, wages, schedule/working hours, organization, manager, work environment, work climate, health, and intention to quit. Each area became a dimension, a subscale to measure causes behind nurses' intention to quit. A questionnaire survey was conducted at a hospital in central Sweden (n = 114). The results reveal that the constructed scale Nurses’ intention to quit (NITQ) has good internal consistency (.82 - .85). Each subscale correlates well and is significant with the variable intention to quit and a standard multiple regression was statistically significant through the whole model (F (8,105) = 27,10, p < .001), explaining a variance of 67,4% in the dependent variable intention to quit. The results indicate that NITQ fulfills its purpose as a measuring instrument finding nurses’ intention to quit as well as the underlying factors which give rise to the thoughts of quitting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
nursing, intention to quit, scale development, instrument, turnover
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35883OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35883DiVA: diva2:1113343
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Work Life Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-21 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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