Onboarding programs help retain nurses, strengthen patient care
Retaining newly hired, competent nurses — whether new graduates or experienced RNs — is good is for everyone: employers, staff, patients and the new employees, themselves. What are vital to their tenure, however, may be how they are transitioned into the workplace and whether the organization is committed to a culture of safety.
“Orientation is the first step in retaining nurses,” said Dennis Sherrod, EdD, RN, professor and Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention at Winston-Salem State University and a member and past-president of the North Carolina Nurses Association. “Although it’s difficult when working with a large group of new employees, it’s important that the orientation be nurse-centered, meaning individualized as much as possible to their needs, that there is a mentorship piece in place and that newly hired nurses are introduced to the culture of the workplace early on.” (more…)
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