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Table 1 Nurses characteristics stratified by their intent to stay

From: A national study on nurses’ retention in healthcare facilities in underserved areas in Lebanon

     Intent to stay  
   N % N % P-value
Intent to stay in job in coming 1 to 3 years Stay 293 35.1 - -  
Leave 542 64.9 - -  
Gender Female 675 80.0 240 36.4 0.106
Male 169 20.0 49 29.7  
Age < 30 years 486 58 131 27.5 < 0.001
30 to 45 years 311 37.1 128 42.2  
≥ 46 years 41 4.9 27 69.2  
Family status Married with children 273 33.3 117 44.8 < 0.001
Married without children 117 14.3 47 40.5  
Never married 429 52.4 110 26.1  
Rural upbringing Yes 665 82.0 220 34.0 0.264
No 146 18.0 60 41.7  
Highest degree institution University 167 20.6 51 31.1 0.223
Non-university 642 79.4 227 36.2  
Type of degree Technical 778 92.5 270 35.5 0.491
University 63 7.5 19 31.2  
Length of professional work as a nurse < 5 years 420 49.0 116 28.1 < 0.001
5 to 10 years 271 31.6 81 30.8  
11 to 15 years 70 8.2 38 54.3  
> 15 years 96 11.2 58 65.2  
Working towards higher degree? Yes 282 33.6 73 26.5 < 0.001
No 558 66.4 220 40.2  
Place of work Hospital 760 88.7 233 31.5 < 0.001
PHC 97 11.3 60 62.5  
Attitudes about nursing (Yes/No questions, responses to the option ‘Yes’ are reported)      
  My family has a positive view about nursing 725 87.3 266 37.2 0.001
  Other health professionals have a positive perception about nurses 589 73.0 221 38.2 0.003
  My community has a positive image of the nursing profession 539 65.6 220 41.5 < 0.001
  Most parents in this community would encourage their children to consider nursing as a career 342 41.9 143 42.6 < 0.001
  I would encourage my nursing peers in other areas to move to my place of employment 348 40.6 161 47.2 < 0.001
  Given the opportunity to choose my career all over again, I would choose nursing 264 30.8 129 50.4 < 0.001
  I would encourage my daughters to consider nursing as a career 151 18.9 77 52.4 < 0.001
  I would encourage my sons to consider nursing as a career 133 16.4 66 50.8 < 0.001