Issues related to nurse retention and development are among the issues that have been keeping healthcare leaders awake at night for decades. Complicating the issue is a pandemic that will likely have a long-lasting impact on many aspects of healthcare including nurse retention and development.
HealthStream recently surveyed 210 healthcare leaders. The goal of the survey was to identify the nurse retention and development issues of most concern and to learn more about nurse development plans over the next two to three years.
The 210 respondents were representative of healthcare leaders in the U.S. They were surveyed in late August into early September.
Survey respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with a series of statements using a 10-point scale where 1 represents "strongly disagree" and 10 represents "strongly agree." The results identify some common themes on the issues of both nurse development and retention.
Nearly all respondents expressed high levels of agreement with the following two statements about nurse development:
Interestingly, while both of these statements garnered high levels of agreement, respondents were not so confident that their organization's nurse residency programs were completely effective. The statement "I am confident that our current Nurse Residency program is effectively attracting and retaining staff" had much lower levels of agreement with just 32% of respondents strongly agreeing with this statement. Approximately 51% of respondents used an 8, 9 or 10 to rate their level of agreement with the statement "I am confident in our nurse's level of competency.
Using the same 1-10 scale, respondents were asked to rate the importance of various challenges facing their organizations. Respondents rated the following statements as most important.
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