Recruiting and retaining nurses is top of mind for today’s nurse leaders.

Burnout and lack of job satisfaction are taking their toll — 64% of nurses are stressed and 57% are exhausted. And almost 1 in 5 nurses leave their first job within the first year.1 When you consider the job struggles and high turnover rate alongside the average cost of turnover for a staff RN in 2023 ($52,350)2, the impact is clear. Many healthcare organizations are strengthening efforts to support and encourage nurses throughout their career journeys. They’re finding that building a culture that attracts and keeps nurses depends on helping them feel valued, managing conditions that contribute to workplace stress, and providing clear avenues for growth. Let’s look at how a multifaceted approach can make a real difference. Elsevier hosted a virtual roundtable in which five nurse leaders and Elsevier’s clinical nurse executive, Tammy Purcell, MSN, RNCOB, shared their challenges, experiences, and strategies for nurse recruitment and retention.

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Recruitment and orientation

By 2025, there will be a shortage of 78,610 RNs.4 Strong hiring strategies are needed to help organizations curtail the nursing shortage today and into the future. Nurse leaders revealed during the roundtable what they are dealing with as the biggest challenges in recruitment and orientation, including:

  • Competitive hiring incentives

  • Limited pools of candidates

  • Lack of hands-on experience in new graduate nurses

  • New grads bypassing residency/orientation to go directly into travel nursing

  • Underdeveloped communication skills in novice nurses

5 strategies for strong recruitment

To recruit new and experienced nurses, focus on what they are seeking in their careers while showcasing the unique opportunities and benefits your organization offers.

Provide resources

Enhance clinical skills

Supportive Nurse residency

Supportive nurse residency

Connect new nurses

Strong preceptor mentorships

Discover the essential strategies to support nurse recruitment

Learn about the 2 additional recruitment strategies, as well as retention and leadership growth

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Elsevier can help you provide nurses with the support to build confidence and professional skills at every stage in their career journeys.

Clinical eLearning supports nurses during orientation, residency programs, professional development, and practice improvement.

  • Nurses seeking career changes can leverage Clinical eLearning orientation courses in several specialties, including Critical Care, Emergency, Med/Surg, Pediatrics, Neonatal, and Home Health.

  • Emerging or existing nurse leaders can benefit from courses designed to strengthen their leadership skills such as becoming a preceptor, charge nurse, NPD practitioner, or nurse manager.

Transition to Practice and Shadow Health are learning and development solutions that help ensure novice nurses are successful at the start of their careers by cultivating a safe space to develop and assess their clinical reasoning and professional skills.

Clinical Skills allows organizations to promote consistent care by combining evidence-based skills and procedures at the point of care with continuing education and competency management functionality.

ClinicalKey for Nursing helps nurses of all experience levels expand their knowledge and support consistent, high quality treatment decisions by answering complex questions based on current evidence.

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