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Nurse Retention News: Nurses Eager to Continue Education

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 13th, 2013

Nurses are eager to continue their nursing education in the next 1-3 years, according to a survey from AMN Healthcare. 40% of nurses want to pursue an advanced degree, which means that they are planning to stay in the field – good news for nurse retention.

Broken down by age, the numbers were impressive. Almost 70% of 19-39 year old respondents planned to pursue more advanced degrees, with 37% of this age group saying that they planned to purse a master’s degree in nursing.

In addition, the survey found that 28% of respondents are considering getting specialty certification in the next 1-3 years; 35% say they’re already certified through their professional organization.

Some healthcare organizations have onsite educational courses and programs; others work with nurses on flexible scheduling options so they can better balance work and school. Many encourage nurse certification; still others offer tuition reimbursement.

Forward thinking nurse leaders are encouraging their employees’ enthusiasm and helping them meet their educational goals, while also improving nurse recruitment and nurse retention.

To learn strategies for nurse recruitment, nurse retention, bringing self care to your facility and how to increase work life balance for nurses and healthcare professionals, go to SelfCare for HealthCare. CONTACT ME DIRECTLY to talk about customizing this powerful program for your employees.

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