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J Nurses Staff Dev. 2004 Nov-Dec;20(6):268-73.

Improving the retention rate of newly graduated nurses.

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Professional Development Department, Jordan Hospital, 275 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, MA 02360, USA.


Newly graduated nurses often finish orientation and then believe they still need more support and mentoring than is available. Retention rates suffer as they think it must be better elsewhere. This article reports a community hospital's implementation of an education-based preceptor program. A convenience sample of 40 new graduates participated in the study. Qualitative and quantitative findings indicate a high level of satisfaction (mean visual analogue scale score 93.7), 29% increase in retention, and 9.5% decrease in vacancy.

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