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Table 2 Comparing nurses’ characteristics by location of practice

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

   Hospital PHC P-value
   N % N %  
Gender      
  Female 584 78.0 91 95.8 < 0.001
  Male 165 22.0 4 4.2  
Age       
  < 30 years 455 61.2 31 32.6 < 0.001
  30 to 45 years 260 35.0 51 53.7  
  ≥ 46 years 28 3.8 13 13.7  
Married with children      
  Married with children 219 30.1 54 58.7 < 0.001
  Married without children 108 14.9 9 9.8  
  Never married 400 55.0 29 31.5  
Rural upbringing?      
  Yes 598 83.2 67 72.8 0.015
  No 121 16.8 25 27.2  
Highest degree institution    
  University 147 20.5 20 22.0 0.738
  Technical 571 79.5 71 78.0  
Type of degree      
  Technical 686 91.7 92 98.9 0.013
  University 62 8.3 1 1.1  
How long have they worked professionally as a nurse     
  < 5 years 389 51.2 31 32.0 < 0.001
  5 to 10 years 247 32.5 24 24.7  
  11 to 15 years 61 8.0 9 9.3  
  > 15 years 63 8.3 33 34.0  
Intent to stay in your current job for the foreseeable future (the coming 1 to 3 years)?
  Stay 233 31.5 60 62.5 < 0.001
  Leave 506 68.5 36 37.5  
Working towards a higher degree     
  Yes 261 34.9 21 22.6 0.017
  No 486 65.1 72 77.4  
Attitudes about nursing (these were a series of Yes/No questions, responses to the option ‘Yes’ are reported)      
  My community has a positive image of the nursing profession 463 63.6 76 80.9 0.004
  Other health professionals have a positive perception about nurses 508 71.1 81 87.1 0.004
  My family has a positive view about nursing 636 86.3 89 95.7 0.032
  Most parents in this community would encourage their children to consider nursing as a career 293 40.5 49 53.3 0.051
  I would encourage my sons to consider nursing as a career 110 15.2 23 25.6 0.042
  I would encourage my daughters to consider nursing as a career 117 16.5 34 37.8 < 0.001
  Given the opportunity to choose my career all over again, I would choose nursing 212 27.9 52 53.6 < 0.001
  I would encourage my nursing peers in other areas to move to my place of employment 286 37.6 62 63.9 < 0.001