Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Sharon Starr

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine anticipated turnover in critical care nurses and if having previous nursing experience prior to working in critical care affects that turnover. Using the Anticipated Turnover Scale (ATS) by Hinson and Atwood, nurses that had been employed in the critical care areas five years or less were asked to participate. They were asked to complete the ATS and answer the question relating to previous nursing experience. Findings of the study indicated that the nurses with previous nursing experience before working in critical care had a higher ATS score than the nurses with no previous nursing experience. Recommendations from the study are to expand to a larger sample and consider other variables that may contribute to nursing retention in the critical care areas.

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