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Table 2 Summary of nurse workforce metrics, by community population size and type

From: Patterns of resident health workforce turnover and retention in remote communities of the Northern Territory of Australia, 2013–2015

Population size category of remote community Number of clinics Mean annual nurse turnover (%) (95% CI) Mean nurse annual stabilitya (%) (95% CI) Mean number of pay periods per year with a nurse who has remained for 2 or more years (95% CI)c Mean survival probabilityb for nurses after 12 months (95%CI) Average survival time for nurses in years (95% CI) Mean agency-employed nurse FTE ratio
<200 predominantly Aboriginal 5 156 (76, 318) 57.9 (27.1, 100.0) 2.4 (1.8, 3.2) 0.14 (0.02, 0.36) 0.69 (0.04, 0.92) 0.04 (0.00, 1.68)
200–349 predominantly Aboriginal 12 202 (145, 281) 45.1 (30.9, 65.6) 8.3 (7.4, 9.3) 0.11 (0.05, 0.19) 0.19 (0.08, 0.31) 0.14 (0.04, 0.43)
350–799 predominantly Aboriginal 16 175 (136, 224) 47.2 (36.2, 61.5) 14.6 (13.5, 15.7) 0.13 (0.07, 0.19) 0.19 (0.15, 0.27) 0.16 (0.07, 0.35)
≥800 predominantly Aboriginal 11 130 (107, 158) 46.1 (37.5, 56.5) 18.9 (17.5, 20.5) 0.24 (0.18, 0.31) 0.42 (0.34, 0.54) 0.17 (0.10, 0.31)
predominantly non-Aboriginal 7 75 (50, 112) 59.1 (42.1, 83.1) 16.1 (14.4, 17.9) 0.27 (0.13, 0.42) 0.50 (0.15, 0.77) 0.10 (0.02, 0.46)
Total for nurses 51 148 (126, 163) 48.3 (42.3, 55.2) 12.6 (12.1, 13.2) 0.19 (0.15, 0.23) 0.31 (0.23, 0.38) 0.15 (0.10, 0.23)
  1. Turnover and stability calculations done at an aggregate level for each category of population size
  2. CI confidence interval, FTE full-time equivalent
  3. aAnnual stability rates were not estimated for two health services (both <200 population size category)
  4. bSurvival probability after 12 months was inestimable for one health service (<200 population size category)
  5. cPoisson distribution assumed