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Organizational Tenure and the Perceived Importance of Retention Factors in Nursing Homes

Proenca, E. Jose; Shewchuk, Richard M.

Health Care Management Review: April 1997 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 65-73

Health care organizations can avoid substantial turnover costs through retention strategies geared to the varying needs of employees. The study on which this article is based examined retention needs of registered nurses in nursing homes and found that they varied by tenure. Low tenure nurses preferred learning opportunities and advancement potential while high tenure nurses favored work flexibility. Implications for retention policy in nursing homes are discussed.

E. Jose Proenca, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Medical Services Administration, School of Management, Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Richard M. Shewchuk, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Related Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.

Copyright © 1997 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.