Assessing Hospital Nursing Staff Retention and Turnover: A Life Table Approach

M. Beth Benedict, Jay H. Glasser, Eun Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Scopus citations


This research applied the life table technique to nursing personnel data in two types of hospitals to illustrate how administrators can examine patterns of continued employment. Although a large proportion of nurses were short-stay employees, the teaching hospital was found to have a higher retention rate than the community hospital corporation. The retention patterns are examined by personal and professional characteristics, as well as by reason for termination. Implications of our findings are discussed with respect to policy concerns related to hiring, retention, productivitv, and staff development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-96
Number of pages24
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

Cite this