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Vacancy turnover survey, October, 1981 to April, 1984 University of British Columbia. Health Manpower Research Unit


Early in 1981 following discussions with the Nurse Administrator's Association and with other interested persons we agreed to add two more dimensions to the HMRU Difficult-to-Fill Survey. The requested information was for Registered Nurses (RNs) only. Especially for this group, there was concern that the Difficult-to-Fill Survey underestimated the problem hospitals experienced day by day in maintaining a full nursing staff complement. The added dimensions were total vacancies at a point in time and a calculation of staff turnover rates. It was also necessary to ask participating hospitals to report total numbers of RN positions in their establishments as this information is not available from other sources and it appears to change fairly often.

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