Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Rural Ambulatory Care Practice among Registered Nurses

Research center:
Project funded:
September 2017
Anticipated completion date:
February 2019

Little research has addressed the factors that drew nurses into practice in ambulatory care settings and, particularly in rural areas, keep them in the profession and work setting. An estimated 35-65% of new nurses leave the field within their first year of practice. Factors such as job satisfaction, autonomy, and perception that one’s work is valued contribute to job retention and may differ across levels of rurality. This project will conduct a mail study of nurses in rural and urban ambulatory care practice settings to identify facilitators and barriers to job retention experienced by these practitioners.