Taiwanese Registered Nurses’ Reasons for Failure to Practice

Huei-Lan Chang, Chiou-Fen Lin

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We examined the reasons why registered nurses do not practice nursing and the correlations between their characteristics and nonpractice factors. One hundred twelve 22-item, six-category questionnaires were completed. Nurses’ main reasons for not practicing nursing were “salaries are not adjusted with workload changes,” “insufficient staff or excessive staff reduction,” and “salaries disproportionate to workload.” Health departments and hospital administrators should adjust nurse-to-patient ratios, include on-leave coefficients in human resource considerations, and arrange part-time staff. The related advocacy could encourage recognition of nursing work and respect for the nursing image. Manual operations should be simplified and positive work environments maintained.and “social living” and build the chance of “independence from parents” through the use of respite care. This result points to the educative contribution of respite care to the development and independence of disabled children.


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