One in five practice nurses plans to quit, survey shows

Better pay, mentoring and appointing a nurse manager is key to retaining these nurses, say Australian researchers

One-fifth of practice nurses intend to leave general practice due to low job satisfaction, a new study suggests.

Nursing researchers from the University of Wollongong have surveyed 90 practice nurses, nearly all female, working in the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network to gauge their job satisfaction and intention to stay or leave general practice nursing.

They found one in five of the nurses (average age 40) would like to leave general practice nursing and 15% were actively looking for a job outside general practice.

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