Investigation into the factors affecting the retention of nurses in Aga Khan University hospital Nairobi, Kenya
Kiragu, Leonard Ngero
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This study aimed at investigating the factors that influence retention of nurses in Aga Khan University hospital, Nairobi. Specific objectives were to find out how compensation practices, Career development, work environment and performance recognition influence retention of Nurses in Aga khan university Hospital, Nairobi. Descriptive survey design was used. A sample of 70 respondents was selected by stratified random sampling from a target population of 350 nurses. The data collection instrument was a questionnaire constituting both closed and open ended questions. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics mainly frequencies and percentages. Data was presented inform of tables, pie charts and histograms. Results indicated that remuneration, medical and house allowances and salary increments were Important compensation factors in retention of nurses in Aga Khan University Hospital. The type, size and location of Aga khan University hospital, leadership style of management, interaction between nurses, patients and administration are important in environment factors influencing retention of nurses. Availability of useful in service education and opportunities for promotion are important in nurse's career development while monetary and non monetary rewards are crucial in performance recognition factors influencing retention. The study recommends that the HR department should revise upward retirement benefits, fill vacant posts as soon as they fall vacant and avail more opportunities to the nurses for career development. The management of the hospital should incorporate nurses in management meetings and allow nurses to work with minimum supervision. The management also needs to recognize nurses on regular basis. This will enable the hospital to have guaranteed continuity, retain competitive human resource base for profitability.