Career progression: the views of Queensland's nurses

Robert Eley, Karen Francis, Desley Hegney

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ObjectivesTo inform policy through determination of the views of Queensland nurses on career progression.DesignA quantitative cross-sectional cohort design with mailed survey.SettingFinancial members of the Queensland Nurses’ UnionMain outcome measuresExtent of the relationship between opportunity for career progression in nursing with turnover and retention.ResultsA majority (54.4%) of the 1365 respondents were satisfied with their career progression. Only 11.6% were dissatisfied. Satisfaction was not related to length of time in nursing, but did increase among nurses enrolled in further education programs. Dissatisfaction was related to four themes: lack of support to advance knowledge; lack of opportunities for promotion; number of career options; and, costs associated with advancement. A quarter of the nurses were contemplating a move within nursing in the next year and most of these nurses (62%) indicated that the move was for the purpose of career advancement. One in six nurses were contemplating leaving nursing altogether; however only 12.8% of those cited lack of career as the factor for intended departure. Results continued the trend seen in previous surveys over the last decade of a small but significant reduction in the perception that career prospects in nursing were limited.ConclusionAlthough the perception that there are limitations to career advancement in nursing has reduced in the last decade, there is still room for improvement. Lack of career progression remains a concern of nurses; however this is not generally manifested in an intention to leave nursing. Rather, nurses are prepared to consider moves within nursing to further their careers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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