Nursing News: Nurse Retention Bombshell – New Nurses Bailing Out Quickly

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 10th, 2012

It’s estimated that 255 of first year nurses quit. This lack of nurse retention and turnover remains a huge cost and source of frustration for hospital managers. It’s often hard to find these skilled clinicians, and therefore annoying when they quit, just when they should be settling into their new careers. Disappointed HR staff must start the process anew and with no more assurances of retaining the next, new recruit.nurse recruitment

Beyond the hard-and-fast cost of finding and onboarding replacements or hiring temps, first-year nurse turnover impacts patient care. It also signals larger workforce management issues, most notably a failure to engage employees and sell them on the mission.

There are theories about why first-year nurses quit. Perhaps some weren’t trained well in school, and feel ill-prepared for the life-and-death work in a hospital setting. Some have unrealistic expectations that do not match on-the-job realities. Some nurses get better offers elsewhere for their skills. Many quit to find the work-life balance they not only request but demand.

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