Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
You currently have no recent searches
Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN; Jacobson, Joy
Nurses with two bachelor's degrees are more likely to want to stay in their jobs.
Is a nurse with a prior degree in a nonnursing field less likely to switch jobs? Yes, according to a study by Brewer and colleagues in the January– February issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing. They compared two groups of RNs: those with a baccalaureate in nursing and those with a baccalaureate in nursing and one in another field. Among 923 newly licensed RNs working in hospitals across 35 states, those with two degrees were often older and more likely to be married with children and less likely to have plans to leave their current jobs within a year. Most significant, they relied the least on "workgroup cohesion," the "degree to which employees have friends in their immediate work environment."
"The two-degree graduates wanted to go home after their shift," coauthor Christine T. Kovner told AJN, whereas "the single-degree students saw work as a place to develop." The friendships and emotional support sought by the younger RNs were less important to the older cohort, who likely already had a family and support system in place. Kovner considers these findings especially important for organizations that want to retain new graduates—by understanding the needs of each group, they may be better able to meet them. As an example, she brings up the "concierge service" provided to employees by New York–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, which helps employees arrange for help with errands. "It may be less expensive to make an arrangement to do dry cleaning," she says, "than to spend the money hiring a new nurse after one has quit."
© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at AJN The American Journal of Nursing.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection
Article Level Metrics