J Korean Acad Nurs Adm.  2018 Jun;24(3):202-210. 10.11111/jkana.2018.24.3.202.

Factors Associated with the Choices of Local Hospitals among New Graduate Nurses

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Kosin University, Korea. hhuna@kosin.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with new graduate nurses' choices of local hospitals.
METHODS
Participants were 526 new graduate nurses from one of five universities located in Busan, Ulsan or Gyeongnam. The new graduates completed a self-report questionnaire survey during February and March, 2016. The questionnaire included questions about choices of local hospitals, satisfaction with nursing major, nursing professionalism and anticipated nursing practice environment. Multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted to identify factors associated with the new graduate nurses' choices of local hospitals.
RESULTS
Of the participants, 86.3% had their first jobs in their nursing school region (local hospitals). The choice of local hospitals among new graduate nurses was related to region of origin, type of nursing school, grade point average, and anticipated nursing practice environment.
CONCLUSION
Local hospitals need to enhance the nurse practice environment and provide institutional benefits to new graduate nurses who choose local hospitals. For quality nursing care, reducing the geographical gap and improving policy is necessary.

Keyword

Career choice; Hospitals; Nurses
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