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Blog spotlight: How to retain nurses by focusing on the reasons they entered the profession

Nurse Leader Insider, January 30, 2012

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Recognizing and building upon nurses' dedication to their line of work could be essential to improving nurse retention rates. A survey of 900 nurses revealed that the single common variable reported by nurses from all age groups regarding why they chose nursing was a commitment to healing and an attachment to the nursing profession. As a nurse leader, it is important to acknowledge the reasons your staff chose to pursue a career in nursing and reinforce those choices.

Nurses in the 29 to 43 age range (Generation X) also indicated that the quality of their relationships with their supervisors was a factor in considering whether or not to continue nursing. Nurse leaders can address these reasons by working on good relationships with nursing staff. These efforts could include monthly or quarterly check-ins rather than annual reviews, open and frequent communication with all members of the staff, and encouraging all staff to share thoughts and ideas to address issues or concerns.

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