Nursing

Blog spotlight: Program helps improve retention rates to near-perfection

Nurse Leader Insider, April 26, 2010

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The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) AACN Nurse Residency Program TM (NRP) has helped program participants achieve a 4.4% turnover rate of first-year nurses, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 27.1%.

So far, 61 sites have incorporated the program, and 16,000 nurses have participated since 2002. In 2009, 11 participating sites had a 100% retention rate.

It seems the key to the program is providing practice clinical training. According to the Carnegie Foundation, both nursing students and faculty think nurses are not prepared for their first job. If nurses don’t feel prepared, there’s a much greater chance they’ll quit the first year.

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