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The training and job decisions of nurses: the first year of a longitudinal study investigating nurse recruitment and retention. CHERE Working Paper 2012/02


  • Patricia Kenny

    () (CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Denise Doiron
  • Jane Hall

    () (CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Deborah J Street

    (University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Kathleen Milton-Wildey
  • Glenda Parmenter


Understanding the employment choices and preferences of new entrants to the nursing profession is an important element in the formulation of policies for ensuring an adequate supply of nurses to meet population healthcare needs in the coming decades. A longitudinal cohort study to investigate the job preferences of nursing students and new graduates commenced in New South Wales in 2008. The study aimed to identify the relative importance of job attributes as well as factors such as age, family structure, education and health in nurses? employment choices. In addition to studying actual choices, it uses repeated discrete choice experiments (DCE) to measure preferences for job attributes and how these change after graduation and throughout the early career years. Data collection by annual online surveys commenced in September 2009 and, after one year, 530 participants had completed the first survey. This paper describes the characteristics of this cohort; it also provides an outline of the study and its methods.

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  • Patricia Kenny & Denise Doiron & Jane Hall & Deborah J Street & Kathleen Milton-Wildey & Glenda Parmenter, 2012. "The training and job decisions of nurses: the first year of a longitudinal study investigating nurse recruitment and retention. CHERE Working Paper 2012/02," Working Papers 2012/02, CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Handle: RePEc:her:chewps:2012/02

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    1. Denise Doiron & Glenn Jones, 2006. "Nurses' Retention and Hospital Characteristics in New South Wales," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 82(256), pages 11-29, March.
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    1. Yoo, Hong Il & Doiron, Denise, 2013. "The use of alternative preference elicitation methods in complex discrete choice experiments," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1166-1179.

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    Discrete choice experiments; nursing workforce; employment;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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