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Ask the expert: New graduate nurse turnover: The key metric

Nurse Leader Insider, June 6, 2011

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This week, Jim Hansen, MSN, RN-BC, discuss how to calculate the turnover rate and use it effectively.

Q: How do I calculate the new graduate nurse turnover at my facility and use it properly to make a case for a nurse residency program?

A: Hospitals usually track the amount of nurses coming and going within an organization; it is a prominent data metric called turnover. Hospitals use their rates of nursing turnover to give them clues as to how well their onboarding efforts are, both in recruiting nurses as well as orienting them to their position in the hospital. Nursing turnover is usually expressed as a percentage and follows a simple formula:

(# of nurses who leave in a given period of time x 100)/ (# of nurses recruited in a given period of time)

Often, “a given period of time” is one year or 12 months after the new graduate starts working, and essentially answers the question, “Of the new graduate nurses hired last year, how many are still employed?”

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