How to Stop Unhappy Nurses From Leaving

The key to improving nurse recruitment and retention appears to lie in extending nurses' access to advanced degrees and specialty certifications, a study suggests.

2 comments on "How to Stop Unhappy Nurses From Leaving"
Anne McDivitt (2/25/2013 at 2:58 AM)

1. It is true that nurses have these internal motivator within them. 2. Hospitals use this by getting free work from nurses. 3. If nurses really want a degree, they should use those hours that they spend at work doing free unpaid, volunteer work and go to school. 4. Nurses leave the workplace because of management pressure to do volunteer work. 5. The motivated nurse uses the hours wisely by getting a masters degree that will follow them in any institution. 6. The real problem is that nurse executives need to see RNs as professionals and if they give compensation as credits towards a degree, it's a win for the hospital to keep their smart nurses and a win for the nurse to get her degree. Hospitals with schools do that well. 7. Unfortunately nurse leaders that work for profit see nurses as liabilities rather than assets- sad but true.
Alice Peterson, RN, MPH, CHES, CMSRN (2/8/2013 at 1:41 PM)

All true! And I want to add, we must consider that the pyramid gets narrower at the top. In the future, when many more nurses have advanced degrees, will they be happy with the lower salaries and job titles at the bottom? Eventually, what happens when one asks, "There is a lot of competition for one job. When will I get to use these theories and skills I have learned at the executive level?""


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