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Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 9, 2009

In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we focused on new nursing programs geared toward preparing and retaining nurses. With studies saying that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their job within their first year, we spotlighted a hospital taking a new approach to retaining their nurses and helping them succeed.

Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital, with the help of a recent grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched a two-part program to provide guidance to the new nurses.

Many of our followers commented on the post, expressing their opinions on such a hot topic of retaining new nurses and providing them with the experience they need.

Here are some of the comments:

"I feel as though many schools are in too much of a hurry to graduate nurses and don?t truly prepare them. I understand the shortage scenario, but to not have them adequately prepared only causes confusion, disappointment, and a hardship on the employers."

"My region has seen a proliferation of new RN programs, most of which provide only a shadow of the education that the older, more established schools provide. They seem to be a factory with an assembly line ? bringing students in, charging them a fortune, providing some classroom time and the bare minimum clinical to meet the State Board requirements, and then releasing them unprepared to actually BE nurses. We very rarely hire graduates of those schools. We have learned our lesson."


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