A Hong Kong perspective on ways to improve nurse retention
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A Hong Kong perspective on ways to improve nurse retention

Zenobia CY Chan Assistant professor, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Wing-Fu Lai PhD candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

Nursing shortages are an international issue and are particularly evident in perioperative care, critical care and emergency services. The solution commonly adopted to tackle this problem is to increase the recruitment of nurses to replace the loss, whereas efforts to try and retain existing staff have only sporadically been mentioned. Furthermore, while retention programmes have occasionally received attention from some nursing scholars, they often fail to investigate the real needs of nurses. This article discusses three practical solutions adopted in Hong Kong, which could potentially alleviate difficulties with staff retention. It is hoped that the collaborative efforts of different professionals and nursing scholars will help to solve nursing shortages in the foreseeable future.

Nursing Standard. 24, 35, 35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.



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