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June 17, 2022

‘The New Nurse’ is the New Normal

A recent study conducted by EpicResearch.org looked into nursing staff turnover across the United States. The study found that median tenure of nurses in their organizations dropped nearly 20% in all regions of the country. This drop in nurse tenure is most prominent in the western region. Specifically, the number of 12-hour shifts filled by nurses new to the organization within the previous year rose by 55.5%. The percentage of shifts covered by nurses new within the previous 30 days likewise increased across all regions, with the largest increases seen in the southern and western regions of the country. The study concluded that nurses are leaving the profession or changing employers more frequently than in the past, increasing the need for organizations to invest in more robust onboarding and retention programs for nurses. 

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