Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Should I stay or should I go : nursing careers in the first years after graduation
Authors: Schaffert, René
Conference details: 1st International Conference: «Countering Staff Shortage Among Health Professions», Bern, 25-26 Oktober 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Competence Network Health Workforce
Language: English
Subjects: Pflege; Berufsverbleib; Berufskarrieren
Subject (DDC): 610.73: Nursing
Abstract: Switzerland experiences a shortage in nursing that is expected to get even more pronounced in the future. To address this problem, measures in different fields of action are necessary, as for example in recruiting, deployment of staff or in staff retention. Looking at retention, decision-making should be based on data to careers in nursing and on knowledge about influencing factors, but for Switzerland scientific data and insights are still sparse. In this context, it is the aim of a nationwide longitudinal study to investigate factors influencing retention and career decisions of nurses in the first years after graduation in Switzerland. Nursing students of one cohort, graduating either at a college of professional education and training or at an university of applied science in Switzerland (2011 German speaking part; 2012 French and Italian speaking part), were surveyed at three time points in their careers with an online survey. In the past, they were surveyed at the end of their studies and again one year after graduation. The third survey, which is administered six years after graduation, was conducted in autumn 2017 in the German speaking part and will start in autumn 2018 for the Latin part of Switzerland. From 1756 nurses graduating in this cohort 1192 (68%) participated in the first survey. The second survey had 655 participants (37% of all graduates) with a higher rate in the German speaking part (43%). The third survey is at the time only finished in the German speaking part, where again 43% of graduates participated. In the following, preliminary results of this third survey in the German speaking part will be presented using mainly descriptive statistics. Six years after graduation 95% of respondents are working and 5% are either in additional full time studies or don’t work. About 22% work and participate in further education at the same time. From those who work, 5% of respondents left the nursing profession. From those working, 24% have been looking for another job in the last month, and 15% were thinking often or very often that they should leaf the profession. As conditions for staying in nursing, respondents rated increased wages, better reconciliation of work and family life, and less time pressure at work highest. These preliminary results reveal that those participating mostly stayed in the profession and do not intend to leave the profession. Nevertheless, they expect things to change especially looking at their wages, the reconciliation of work and family and the time pressure.
Fulltext version: Updated version
License (according to publishing contract): Not specified
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Berufskarrieren Pflege: Längsschnittstudie nach dem Berufseinstieg
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