Factors related to nurses' intentions to stay: The interactior between nurses' work environment and personality traits

Hsu Min Tseng, Hui Ling Chen*, Yueh O. Chuang, Wei Ting Huang

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Objectives: The current woridwide nursing shortage represents a major problem for the health sector. Despite extensive investigation into predictors of nurses' intention to stay, most studies have focused on the attitudinal and organizational aspects concerning individual nurses. This study, however, employed a framework of person-environment interactions as the basis for an investigation of the interaction effects of personal (i.e., Big Five personality traits) and contextual factors (i.e., perceived practice work environment) on nurses' intentions to stay. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on registered nurses at a medical center in northern Taiwan. The nurses completed a questionnaire with items covering demographics and the following topics: work, Big Five personality traits, work environment, work stress, and intention to stay. Results: One hundred seventy nurses completed the questionnaire. Hierarchical regression analysis results indicated that the nurses' intentions to stay were largely influenced by how they perceived their work environment as well as the interaction between perceived workload and the emotional stability personality trait. Conclusions: This study's findings have critical implications for hospitals because they can be used to promote an effecrive work environment using differential human resource strategies to reduce nursing turnover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalTaiwan Journal of Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 02 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Big five personality
  • Eetention intention
  • Nursing work environment
  • Work stress


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