Nurse Retention: Nurses Do More with Less…and Leave

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 29th, 2015

The full ramifications of the latest nursing shortage are still uncertain. Similar to the nursing shortage that peaked during WWII and into the 1960s, some predict we will have increased enrollments in nursing schools, shorter training periods, and less-educated professionals to fill in the gaps.

This possible solution can, however, often result in more frustration with the profession, causing trained nurses to pursue other careers because of the stress. This means that nurse retention needs to be a main focus so we don’t lose these cherished nurses!

nurse shortage Those currently in the nursing field say they already operate under a do-more-with-less mentality and ultimately it’s the patient who suffers. No matter what methods are involved to fix the problem, the consensus is that too few nurses means the healthcare system will suffer.

A 2010 paper published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing determined shortages aren’t created by a lack of bodies, but by nurses who are unwilling to work in the conditions available. It found that the actual causes of nursing shortages are:

– Inadequate workforce planning and allocation

– An under supply of new staff

– Poor recruitment

– Retention policies

– Ineffective use of available nursing resources, such as inefficient use of skills

– Poor incentive structures

– Inadequate career support

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One response to “Nurse Retention: Nurses Do More with Less…and Leave”

  1. melinda says:

    sadly our nurses the good ones the experienced ones the nice ones are leaving due to the rude mamagement……………

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