Qualitative Research Article Critical Appraisal

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Qualitative Research Article Critical Appraisal Overview A study by Chu, Wodchis, and McGilton (2014) revealed a one year turnover rate as high as 85.5% for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and 55.4% for Registered Nurses (RNs) in long term care. In addition to this alarming statistic, in North Dakota alone, long term care facilities reported 669 open nursing positions in November of 2016 (NDLTCA, 2016). McGilton, Boscart, Brown, and Bowers (2014) noted that this mounting concern is associated with negative resident outcomes. Subsequently, McGilton et al. (2014) developed a study to focus on retention and turnover and explore the factors that influence a nurse’s intention to remain employed at their current job in long term care. In…show more content…
(2014) would not necessarily be needed. However, McGilton et al. (2014) aimed to study the retention of licensed nursing professionals specifically employed by long term care facilities, nurses’ personal circumstances that affect retention, and if the heavily regulated work environment in long term care affects retention. A problem statement is not clearly defined in this article. However, it is easy to glean that their objective was to understand the factors that influence nurses’ intention to remain at their current job in long term care. The study did have an ideologic framework as it aimed to draw attention to the needs of this specific group of nurses in long term care and the additional influences present in this group when deciding to stay or leave their current job in long term care. Purpose of the Study The purpose of this study is clear. McGilton et al. (2014) wish to recognize and analyze the complex interplay between factors affecting intention to stay and intention to leave the long term care setting and the tradeoffs that nurses make, identify the additional influence of personal circumstances, and identify if the heavily regulated work environment in long term care leads to role inflexibility and the inability to use professional nursing judgement. Research Questions The research questions were clear in this study. What factors affect a nurse’s
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