Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25209
Title: On nurses moving from public to private hospitals in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, ZCY 
Tam, WS
Lung, MKY
Wong, WY
Chau, CW
Keywords: Human resources
Interviews
Narrative inquiry
Nursing
Retention
Semistructured
Turnover
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of clinical nursing, 2013, v. 22, no. 9-10, p. 1382-1390 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of clinical nursing 
Abstract: Aims and objectives: To explore the reasons why nurses leave public hospitals for the private sector. Background: While the global shortage of nurses is aggravating, this problem in public hospitals in Hong Kong is worsened by the trend of nurses moving to private hospitals. Thus, it is important to understand from the perspective of nurses the reasons affecting their decision to stay or leave a hospital. Design: Qualitative approach using narrative analysis. Methods: Data were collected using individual semistructured interviews. Twelve participants who had moved to a private hospital from a public hospital were encouraged to explain why they had made the move. Crossley's analytic method was adopted to analyse the collected data. Results: The nurses' stories were categorised into five sections: 'life in public hospitals', 'decision-making', 'life in the private hospitals', 'future plans' and 'values and beliefs'. Conclusions: The results are consistent with those of previous studies showing that job satisfaction and demographic factors play significant roles in the decision of nurses to switch to another hospital. This study revealed specific reasons why the nurses made the move, such as the fairness of the remuneration policy, significant people and stressors. Relevance to clinical practice: The results have relevance for hospital management with regard to strategies to consider when addressing the issues of staff retention and recruitment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25209
ISSN: 0962-1067
EISSN: 1365-2702
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12253
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