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Treat students as potential employees

Create a friendly and caring culture to retain staff, say Constance McIntosh and Cynthia Thomas
Helping students

In today’s complex, chaotic, and rapidly changing healthcare environment, a newly registered nurse will face many obstacles on the journey into a professional role.

It's everyone's job to nurture students. Picture: Getty

According to Twibell and Pierre (2012), in the US alone 30% of new nurses leave their job within the first year of practice and nearly 60% leave in the second year. This trend places a burden on employers trying to maintain quality, safety and financial standards and leaves the new nurse wondering what to do next.

Schools of nursing and healthcare employers may be failing to provide a seamless transition process from student to nurse. A collaborative approach to helping new nurses make the transition into practice is needed by educators and nurse leaders.

Skills development

There are several factors contributing to the problem. A lack of available clinical placements can result in

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