What Does Nurse Turnover Rate Mean and What is the Rate?

Registered nurse (RN) turnover is an important measure widely used in health-care workforce analyses. While at the same time there is a lack of consistency in the definition of turnover. These inconsistent definitions would finally result in various turnover rates. In this article we try to answer what does nurse turnover rate mean and what is the rate based on the data we collected through RN Work Project, which is the only multi-state, 10-year longitudinal panel study of new nurses.


Christine T. Kovner, Carol S. Brewer, Farida Fatehi and Jin Jun

Policy Politics Nursing Practice. published online 25 August 2014

DOI: 10.1177/1527154414547953.

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