1. Introduction

The North Dakota Governor’s Nursing Shortage Task Force has worked over the last two years to develop a set of strategies. One of these strategies is to examine graduating and practicing nurses intent to stay in North Dakota and at their current employer in order to develop state-based solutions to increase recruitment and retention. The workplace culture subcommittee of the task force is working on strategies and will begin implementation after this study. Administration of the study is a joint effort of the ND Center for Nursing and the University of North Dakota.

You are a part of a group of practicing nurses working in North Dakota, in counties that border North Dakota or graduated from a North Dakota nursing program in the last 10 years that are invited to participate in this research study. This is your opportunity to contribute to this study and assist with ensuring a healthy supply of nurses.

There is minimal risk of participation. Your decision to participate is voluntary and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your completion of the survey is your consent to participate. All responses will be kept confidential and data will only be reported in the aggregate.

Please only complete the survey once.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Patricia Moulton, PhD at patricia.moulton@ndcenterfornursing.org or 701-639-6548 or Rhoda Owens, PhD, RN at rhoda.owens@und.edu or 701-720-1588

If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact The University of North Dakota Institutional Review Board at (701) 777-4279.
• You may also call this number about any problems, complaints, or concerns you have about this research study.
• You may also call this number if you cannot reach research staff, or you wish to talk with someone who is independent of the research team.
• General information about being a research subject can be found by clicking “Information for Research Participants” on the web site: http://und.edu/research/resources/human-subjects/research-participants.cfm 46.116a (8)

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* 1. What is your gender?

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* 2. Are you of Hispanic or Latino origin?

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* 3. What is your race?

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* 4. Year of Birth 

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* 5. What is your current marital status?

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* 6. How many children do you have?

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* 7. How many children are less than 6 years old?

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* 8. How do you rate your general overall health status?

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* 9. Is English your first language?

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* 10. Estimate the population of the city in which you spent most of your childhood

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* 11. Please indicate the county, state and zipcode of your current home.

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* 12. Estimate the population of the city that your home is currently located in.

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* 13. What is your highest level of nursing education? 

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* 14. Thinking about the future- what is the highest level of nursing education you would like to reach?

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* 15. What is your highest level of non-nursing education?

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* 16. How important were the following factors in choosing your career?

  Less Important      a b c More important      d
Opinion/experience of a parent
Opinion/experience of teacher/counselor
Opinion/experience of someone in healthcare
Availability of nursing jobs
Availability of nursing jobs near where I live
Salary potential in nursing field
Length of time required to complete education 
Cost of nursing education 
Personal attraction to nursing 
Opportunity to make a difference in people's lives 
My friends are also going into nursing

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* 17. Please indicate the option that most closely indicates how you feel about each of the following statements. 

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Neutral Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
I would like to leave North Dakota. 
I plan to LEAVE North Dakota as soon as possible. 
I plan to STAY in North Dakota as long as possible. 
Under no circumstances will I voluntarily leave North Dakota. 

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