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Unruh Discusses New Study on Nurse Retention in Podcast

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By Marisa Ramiccio

Nursing is an important profession, and one that requires a steady stream of fresh talent to replace those who have retired. However, retaining younger nurses in their jobs and careers can be a challenge for the health care system.

Professor Lynn Unruh and Assistant Professor Latarsha Chisholm from the Department of Health Management and Informatics, and Professor Ning "Jackie" Zhang of the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University, explore this challenge in a study, "Job and Professional Leaving Among Newly Licensed RNs: A Structural Equation Model," published in the latest issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

In the study, the researchers explored the personal characteristics, such as age and level of education, and the work characteristics, such as scheduling and employee support, that lead to job dissatisfaction and in turn, an intent to leave their job or even the profession.

Unruh discussed these characteristics, the challenges for nurses in the workplace and much more in a recent podcast hosted by WJNR editor Vicki Conn.

"[Nursing is] not simple; it's not for the faint-hearted, but it's very rewarding," said Unruh, who has more than 20 years' worth of experience working as a nurse. "It's a great job and we want to keep as many new nurses in nursing as we can."

To listen to the full podcast, visit the SAGE website. To read the full article, visit the WJNR website.

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