Administrators at hospitals and health care systems helped lighten the load for overworked nurses with innovative approaches to staffing. Hospitals in the “Wisdom at Work: Retaining Experienced Nurses” study improved nurse morale and lowered turnover by staffing for “peak” rather than average occupancies and by barring managers from forcing nurses to fill temporary off-site assignments.

Experienced nurses in particular benefited from opportunities to transition into new roles as mentors or to fill new positions created for veteran nurses such as “admissions nurse,” who assigns patients to accountable RNs after making medical assessments.