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J Nurs Adm. 1990 May;20(5):27-32.

Staff nurse turnover costs: Part II, Measurements and results.

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College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia.


This study demonstrated that the costs of nursing turnover can be high (over +10,000 per RN turnover), and that the potential for adverse impact on the nursing department, the hospital environment, and the healthcare environment exists. The results of this study are important, particularly in the midst of a national nursing shortage, for several reasons. CNEs are responsible for obtaining, allocating, and managing nursing department resources; knowledge of nursing turnover costs will allow them to make more informed decisions about how best to allocate scarce resources. The findings of this study are also important to hospital administrators because they demonstrate the financial impact of high rates of nursing turnover on healthcare delivery. Finally, these findings provide nurse researchers direction for future research into the costs and benefits of nursing turnover and retention activities, so that cost-effective methods of minimizing organizational costs can be determined.

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