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What Keeps New Nurses From Quitting?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 25th, 2010

With nearly 1 in 5 nurse grads in the U.S. leaving their first nursing jobs, the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, Portland, Oregon sought ways to retain new nurses.

The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education, created to establish partnerships between schools and hospitals, created a curriculum that prepares new grads for the workplace and helps retain them.

They listened to what hospitals had to say about their nursing graduates, then traveled the state and held about 35 focus groups and interviewed 750 recent grads, nurse executives and instructors to ask them what’s working, what isn’t, and what their ideas were for employing new graduates.

Also, there also is a shared curriculum between the university and community colleges so when students enroll at the community college, they are “co-admitted” to the university. This eliminates course repetition.

This is a great way to retain nurses. To learn more nurse recruitment and retention strategies, contact me to speak at your hospital or event.

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