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Cross-sectional study
Nine per cent of nurses across Europe report intent to leave their profession, with burnout among the associated personal and professional factors
  1. Michael Simon
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Michael Simon
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; m.simon{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The association between leaving intentions and burnout gives policymakers and nurse managers the opportunity to pay attention to burnout and its precursors as potential drivers of professional leaving.

  • The study has the same limitations of many cross-sectional studies by focusing on work life and omitting contextual factors such as economic and family background.

  • Future studies should consider actual leaving rather than intentions, adopt more developed models of organisational leaving1 and prospective designs.


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