Study Determines Why New Grads Leave the Bedside

  1. 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 @ 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....
    Last edit by sirI on Jul 20, '12
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  3. by   Jishi
    That is true. Apart from workload being the major factors there are some few factors that contributes in a new grad leaving the bedside and to mention few would be : the support system of the unit and time allocated to the new grad during the orientation to the unit.

    Personally, when i was a new grad i was offered a job at Skilled nursing facility and my orientation was only 2 days. which i felt was not reasonable to anyone ( Including the experienced nurse). And, on daily bases i did have any support system to answer my questions.I did stay with that place for 9 months until i got a job in an acute setting. I refuse to move away from the bed side nursing at this point because currently i work for the hospital that has a great nursing support and orientation is for 3 months.
  4. by   rn_thinks
    lucky for you jishi, rarely would there be a support system as such for a new nurse hired. specially with superiority complex are being practiced on a hospital setting