this study looks at the main reasons that new grad nurses leave -- up to 30% in the first year and 57% in the second year.the biggest finding was that they leave because of workload and being unable to ensure patient safety. while not surprising, it draws a clear roadmap for how to retain new grads. also interesting, it focuses on how the solutions, while not free, are cheaper than the cost of turnover -- which can be more than $82,000/nurse.
american nurse today article posted online @ medscape.com. free registration required
why new nurses don't stay and what the evidence says we can do about it
in a recently conducted survey regarding newly graduated nurses' readiness to practice in the hospital setting, only 10% of nurse executives believed that new graduate nurses (ngns) were fully prepared to practice safely and effectively. ngns agreed with nurse executives that they lack confidence and adequate skills for up to a year after graduation. the perceptions of nurse executives and ngns seem to be borne out by ngn turnover rates of roughly 30% in the first year of practice and as much as 57% in the second year. at a cost of $82,000 or more per nurse, ngn attrition is costly in economic and professional terms--and can negatively impact patient-care quality....