VOLUME 38 | ISSUE 2 | MARCH-APRIL 2018

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Turnover among Filipino nurses in Ministry of Health hospitals in Saudi Arabia: causes and recommendations for improvement

Khalid Abdullah Aljohani,a Omar Alomarib

From the aDepartment of Nursing, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia; bDepartment of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University College of Nursing, Muscat, Oman

How to cite this article:

Aljohani KA, Alomari O. Turnover among Filipino nurses in Ministry of Health hospitals in Saudi Arabia: causes and recommendations for improvement. Ann Saudi Med 2018; 38(2): 140-142.

DOI: 10.5144/0256-4947.2018.140

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nurse turnover is a critical challenge for healthcare organizations as it results in a decreasing nurse/patient ratio and increasing costs. 

 

AIM: Identify factors influencing the termination of Filipino nurses in Ministry of Health (MOH) hospitals and record nurse recommendations to improve retention. 

 

DESIGN: Cross-sectional.

 

METHODS: Data was gathered from a convenience sample of Filipino nurses with previous experience in MOH hospitals in Saudi Arabia who attended recruitment interviews at the Saudi employment office in Manila. 

 

RESULTS: The sample included 124 nurses. Major turnover factors included low salary (18.3%), low nurse/patient ratio (15%), end of contract (14.5%), discrimination (13.5%), and bad accommodations (9%). Suggested areas of improvement included financial motivations (34%), administration support (25%), quality of life (25%), and work environment (16%). 

 

CONCLUSION: Managing nurse turnover can be implemented on the organizational as well as at MOH levels. The recommendations given by the participants provide direct targets to improve retention.

 

LIMITATIONS: With convenience sampling, the sample is probably not representative of the Filipino nursing population.

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None. 

 

 

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