Some 25 percent of newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs) leave their first job within two years. Most (92%) take another job in nursing, suggesting that they are disenchanted with their employers but not with nursing. Nursing students’ expectations of nursing practice—to provide care that is patient centered, evidence based, high quality, and safe, delivered as part of an interdisciplinary team, and aided by information technologies— are not being met by their employers.
Investigators analyzed the responses of 1,152 nurses in 15 states to an open-ended question added to another study: “What is the best part of being a nurse?” Several themes emerged. NLRNs say they:
“Creating opportunities for NLRNs to do what is most enjoyable in everyday practice may close the gap between the disproportionately large organizational versus professional turnover of NLRNs,” the authors conclude.