The purpose of the qualitative narrative inquiry research study was to explore the perceptions and lived experiences of physical therapists (PTs) regarding the barriers (inhibitors) and facilitators (enablers) to their recruitment and retention in rural Northeast Ontario, Canada. Understanding the reasons PTs leave rural positions or do not apply for rural positions will enable healthcare leaders to strategically plan for improved retention and successful recruitment in order to fill vacancies. The purposeful sample consisted of 15 PTs currently residing and working in rural Northeast Ontario. Data was collected through digitally recorded, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews. Collected data was analyzed using NVivo 8.0 software to identify themes. Findings from the current research study revealed that recruitment and retention in rural healthcare sectors was influenced by a complex interplay between personal, professional, environmental and work related factors. Developing strategies to attract and retain rehabilitation professionals in rural areas requires an understanding of underlying factors affecting overall recruitment and retention. Based on these findings, recommendations were offered to healthcare leaders and topics for further research were presented.
|Advisor:||Shambaugh, Barbara F.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Healthcare leaders, Physical therapists, Retention, Rural healthcare, Successful recruitment|
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