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Mentoring Improves Nurse Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 30th, 2015

New nurses can be easily intimidated by their peers. When they are expected to carry a full share of the workload, it can be frightening for a new nurse. They wonder who they can confide in if there’s a problem with something or someone.

nurse retention Preventing nurse turnover will decrease the high cost of hiring and training new nursing staff, which is estimated to be between $60,000 and $80,000. Improving job satisfaction among new nurses is key to retaining them.

One solution to nursing retention includes installation of mentoring programs, which can be fostered with student nurses, giving them the support desperately needed during their education. Nursing school is stressful, and having the guidance of someone who has been through the program can be helpful. A mentoring program provides an outlet for students to discuss day to day frustrations, fears and issues.

Some mentoring programs pair experienced nursing students with the less experienced, supporting them through the program. One survey asked nursing students their recommendations for retention.  Among their recommendations was the implementation of Nurse Residency programs and mentoring.

Mentoring first year nurses and students will help to retain nurses, improve job satisfaction and staff engagement. Visit SelfCare for HealthCare™ for the #1 nurse retention strategy. Contact me today to discuss implementation at your facility.

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