Nursing workforce study

If you are working as an Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse/ Midwife or Nurse Practitioner, we want to hear from you about your experiences.

Communities across Australia face critical health workforce shortages, including among nurses.

Demand for nurses surpasses supply. This shortfall is further impacted by an ageing nursing workforce and nurses, notably early career nurses, leaving the profession.*

La Trobe Rural Health School is conducting an Australia-wide study to identify the factors influencing nurses’ decision to leave or stay working in the profession.

Thank you for contributing to this research, which will be used to inform mitigation strategies to improve nurse retention.

The improved recruitment and retention of nurses, in turn, will contribute to the ongoing delivery and accessibility to health services across Australia.

Participants are encouraged to read the below Participant Information and Consent Statement prior to commencing the survey.

* Australia’s Future Workforce – Nursing report, Commonwealth Health Department, 2014

Questions or concerns


By clicking the ‘consent’ button in the survey, you agree to information being included in a thesis, presentation and published in journals on the condition that you cannot be identified.


If you change your mind after clicking ‘Submit’ on the survey, your responses can be withdrawn by contacting the researchers.

Study results

We will let you know about the results of the study by links to publications and conference proceedings.

Being part of this study is voluntary and your responses are anonymous. We will collect, store and publish information in ways that will not reveal who you are.  We will keep your information for 5 years after the project is completed, after which time it will be destroyed.

The storage, transfer and destruction of your data will be undertaken in accordance with the Research Data Management Policy

The personal information you provide is handled in accordance with applicable privacy laws, any health information collected will be handled in accordance with the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).

Subject to any exceptions in relevant laws, you have the right to access and correct your personal information by contacting the research team.


Maureen Dillon (PhD Candidate)

Phone: +61 3 5444 7375


Professor Jane Mills (Primary Supervisor)

Phone: +61 409 762 200


This study is also supported by Dr. Lisa Hanson (Co-Supervisor) and Dr. Helen Wright (Co-Supervisor).

If you decide not to participate this won’t affect your relationship with La Trobe University or any other listed organisation.

If you have a complaint about any part of this study please contact:

Senior Research Ethics Office
Phone: +61 3 9479 1443
Ethics Reference Number HEC 22048.