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Registered nurse turnover is an important indicator of the nurse job market. Despite its wide use as a measure for health-care system analysis, there is a lack of consistency in the definition of turnover. Some definitions include any nurse leaving an organization; others may include involuntary and voluntary leaving. These inconsistent definitions also result in various turnover rates. The RN Work Project is a 10-year panel study of new nurses. Data were collected from the new nurses, rather than from a specific organization. About 17.5% of new nurses leave their first job within 1 year of starting their jobs. Consistent and accurate measurement of turnover is an important step in addressing organizational work environments and policies about the nursing workforce.

Christine T. Kovner, College of Nursing, New York University;
Carol Brewer, University of Buffalo School of Nursing;
Faridaben K. Fatehi, College of Nursing, New York University;
Jin Jun, College of Nursing, New York University

Primary Contact Person:
Name: Christine T. Kovner
Email: [email protected]

Complete Citation, if published:
Kovner, C. T., Brewer, C. S, Fatehi, F., & Jun, J. (2014). What does nurse turnover rate mean and what is the rate? Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 15(3-4), 64-71. doi: 10.1177/1527154414547953.