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Factors Associated with Retention of Army, Navy, and Air Force Nurses

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Final rept. 1 Sep 2009-31 Dec 2013

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The purpose of this study was to survey Army, Navy and Air Force nurses between the ranks of 01 to 06 to explore factors influencing their decisions to remain on active duty. A descriptive correlation design using an electronic survey was used to collect the data on nurse retention. A pilot study was conducted to test the instrument and ensure all wording was clearly understood by the participants. Upon completion of the pilot study, an electronic survey was administered to all Army, Navy and Air Force nurses serving on active duty. Sample The total sample size for analysis purposes was 2,574 Army 996 Navy 590 Air Force 988. The overall response rate was 30, which is acceptable for a study this size. The response rates for each service were as follows Army 35 Navy 22 and Air Force 33. Statistical analysis was completed using descriptives and structural equation modeling. The most significant predictor of job satisfaction and intent to stay on active duty across all 3 services was promotional opportunity positive relationship, the more promotional opportunities available the more satisfied and likely to stay. Relocation of families was also a significant predictor across all 3 services, the fewer times a family was relocated the more likely they are to stay in the military. Nurses were asking to be able to remain in one geographical area for longer periods of time provided this would not impact their promotional opportunity. Overall, deployments were not a significant factor in determining job satisfaction or intent to stay. Most service members were happy to deploy and saw this as part of their mission and patriotic duty. Additionally, single military members felt that they were expected to be more flexible with relocations and deployments.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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