How Work Environment Impacts Retention

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Executive SummaryWork environment is a major aspect of the day-to-day grind that drives the retention (or turnover) of RNs.When opportunities abound, it is easy to jump ship, and when turnover begins, it is usually the best and brightest who are first to depart.Recent research reported a whopping 27.1% average voluntary turnover rate among new graduate nurses during their first year of employment.Aging of the nurse workforce may be the largest factor impacting health care work environments, as employers struggle to diminish the physical effect of lifting thousands of pounds and walking several miles during each shift.Every influence on the work environment (management, peer behavior, patient acuity, equipment availability, the physical plant) should be assessed for impact on the workforce.While we cannot hope to create paradise in each work setting, we can promote an environment that is healing both to patient and to caregiver.

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