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Why Nurses Quit
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Given the dire predictions about the shortage of nurses, it's not surprising that CEOs are taking an active role in nursing recruitment and retention efforts. It is going to take more than sign-on bonuses and financial rewards to attract new nurse recruits. Nurses want to work for a healthcare organization that gives them respect and autonomy—flexible scheduling and concierge services help too.
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  Sept. 19, 2008

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