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In examining the nursing shortage, many scholars note the high correlation between job dissatisfaction and "intentions" to leave. This study compares the earnings of individuals with nurse training in non-nursing occupations to those in nursing occupations. Nurses exiting the occupation while remaining employed appear to occur if alternative occupations pay a premium. This premium is higher for males and increases with education. Earnings of nurses in non-nursing occupations do not provide evidence of significant nursing dissatisfaction.


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Rubb, Stephen. “Earnings of Nurses in Non-Nursing Occupations: Evidence of Significant Nursing Dissatisfaction?” International Journal of Arts and Sciences 3:13 (2010): 508-518.



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