Thursday, November 18, 2010

Why Do 18% of New Nurses Quit Their First Jobs? Nurse Recruitment and Retention:

I just learned about the RN Work Project ( that will track careers among newly licensed registered nurses.

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation until 2016, they’ll study RN work careers for 10 years.


To understand the supply of and demand for nurses, it is critical that we understand the needs and challenges of new RNs. This study examines the first work settings of newly licensed registered nurses to learn what influences their first job choice and where they move afterward.


About 18% of newly licensed RNs leave their first nursing job within a year of starting, and 26% leave within 2 years. Of these, about 92% take another nursing job with a different employer.


This study is crucial for nurse recruitment and retention.


Please leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on what can be done to retain nurses.


(Tune in every Monday to LeAnn Thieman's Nurse Recruitment and Retention column the home page.)


About the Author: LeAnn Thieman, Nurse, Author and Speaker Hall of Fame is an expert in nurse recruitment and retention and author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. To have her help hire and inspire your nurses, contact her at


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