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-ONLINE NURSING NEWS ABROAD- What Turn-over Rate Should We Expect With Registered Nurses?

Science Daily — A study, published in the September issue of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), provides new insight into the work experiences of newly-licensed RNs that may help reduce the turnover rate of hospital nurses. The national study is the first to explore attitudes and experiences among newly-licensed RNs (those who received their first or basic RN license by passing the NCLEX) in their first 18 months of employment."A shortage of 340,000 RNs is projected by 2020," said Christine Kovner, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor at New York University College of Nursing and lead author of the study. "Therefore, it is vital that we understand the factors that promote the retention of newly-licensed RNs as well as factors that lead to the high turnover rates among them. We plan to continue surveying these RNs for two more years and develop predictive models of turnover, based on our findings."

More than 84% of respondents worked in a hospital inpatient setting. Those whose first professional degree was an associate's degree (58.1%) were more intent on leaving their jobs than those whose first professional degree was a bachelor's degree (37.6%).

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