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Title: Factors predicting nurses' consideration of leaving their job during the SARS outbreak
Authors: Shiao, J.S.-C.
Koh, D. 
Lo, L.-H.
Lim, M.-K. 
Guo, Y.L.
Keywords: Infectious disease outbreak
Leaving the job
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Citation: Shiao, J.S.-C., Koh, D., Lo, L.-H., Lim, M.-K., Guo, Y.L. (2007-01). Factors predicting nurses' consideration of leaving their job during the SARS outbreak. Nursing Ethics 14 (1) : 5-17. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Taiwan was affected by an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in early 2003. A questionnaire survey was conducted to determine (1) the perceptions of risk of SARS infection in nurses; (2) the proportion of nurses considering leaving their job; and (3) work as well as non-work factors related to nurses' consideration of leaving their job because of the SARS outbreak. Nearly three quarters (71.9%) of the participants believed they were 'at great risk of exposure to SARS', 49.9% felt 'an increase in workload', and 32.4% thought that people avoided them because of their job; 7.6% of the nurses not only considered that they should not care for SARS patients but were looking for another job or considering resignation. The main predictors of nurses' consideration of leaving their job were shorter tenure, increased work stress, perceived risk of fatality from SARS, and affected social relationships. The findings are important in view of potential impending threats of pandemics such as avian influenza. © 2007 SAGE Publications.
Source Title: Nursing Ethics
ISSN: 09697330
DOI: 10.1177/0969733007071350
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