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Nursing attrition and the work environment in South African health facilities

E.J. Hall
Curationis | Vol 27, No 4 | a1018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v27i4.1018 | © 2004 E.J. Hall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2004 | Published: 28 September 2004

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E.J. Hall, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

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Abstract

A number of media reports appeared on the shortages of professional health workers in the public health sector. Unsatisfactory working conditions in health facilities were mentioned as one of the key aspects responsible for the shortages. Literature indicates that stress caused by unsatisfactory work environments may play a major role in employees’ decision to resign their jobs, in spite of enjoying the nature of their work. The aim of this article is to explore the current human resource situation in nursing i.e. to determine if a shortage of nursing skills exists, to establish the challenges that nurses have to face in performing their duties and to establish the potential effect of the work environment on attrition.

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