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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-24

Staff nurses’ intention to leave nursing profession and their organizational commitment in selected hospitals at Beni-Sueif city

1 Department of Nursing, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, Egypt
2 Assistant Professor of Nursing Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
3 Lecturer of Nursing Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Beni-Suef University, Cairo, Egypt

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Rady Mubarak Ahmed
Department of Nursing, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef, 83512
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2090-6021.206940

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Background Nurses’ intention to leave their profession has been found to forecast their actual decision to leave. Therefore, it is alarming that many nurses have an intention to quit their profession and might be indicative that nurses are not committed to their profession. Aim The current study aimed at exploring the intention to leave the nursing profession and organizational commitment among staff nurses in a selected hospital at Beni-Suef city. Participants and methods An exploratory descriptive study was designed. The sample of the study consisted of 180 staff nurses who had at least 5 years of experience in the study setting and who agreed to participate. Data were collected using two adopted questionnaires: staff nurses’ organizational commitment questionnaire and staff nurses’ intention to leave the nursing profession questionnaire. Results This study revealed that staff nurses had a higher intention to leave their hospital and the profession and had a moderate level of total organizational commitment. There was a statistically significant negative correlation between organizational commitment and intention to leave the nursing profession. Conclusion This study concluded that the majority of staff nurses at Beni-Suef General Hospital were female, married, had nursing diploma, and had 10 years or more of experience within the hospital. They had a higher intention to leave the hospital and the profession and moderate level of organizational commitment. Recommendation The study recommends that the hospital manager develop retention strategies for staff nurses and that decision makers develop policies to prevent this problem. Future research is warranted for investigating the contributory factors of this problem.

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