Nursing

Blog spotlight: New nursing programs geared toward preparing and retaining nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, September 7, 2009

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Studies show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year, and many hospitals are focusing on ways to help new nurses through the difficult transition from nursing school to novice nurse to competent, confident practitioner.

Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital is one such facility looking to help its new grads succeed and remain with the organization. The hospital hires an average of 100 nurse graduates every year, but within two years, 25% of those nurses are no longer with the facility. With the help of a recent grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rapid City Regional has launched a two-part program to provide guidance to the new nurses.

The first part of the program is a pilot involving the two university nursing schools. The schools will each pick one class of eight students to participate in a program where they will have extra opportunities to practice clinical skills.

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