Boarding Patients in the Emergency Department: The Effect on Emergency Nurse Turnover

Ryan Camp, Gardner-Webb University


The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between boarding patients in an emergency department and an emergency RN's intent to leave their current position. A descriptive, correlation methodology was utilized to answer the research questions. This study was guided by Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene theory describing job elements that lead to job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. A sample of 500 emergency department registered nurses from across the United States were mailed the link to the survey tools in August 2013. Forty two (n=42) registered nurses completed the survey which consisted of the Anticipated Turnover Scale developed by Hinshaw and Atwood and specific demographic questionnaires. Data analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Version 22 was utilized to generate the statistical results. Hospitals and emergency department leaders should introduce studies on the effect of boarding to RN's intent to turnover.