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Building Bridgesand Strengthening Nursing

Carney, Diane M. MS, BSN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: January/February 2005 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - pp 1-5
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In light of current nursing employment trends, nurses and employment specialists in one rural northern Iowa healthcare organization are collaborating to retain and recruit nurses. The purpose of this article is to describe how these individuals worked toward a comprehensive, cohesive approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of learning opportunities that support these efforts. Staff development educators played key roles in developing program purposes, descriptions, curriculum, and outcome measures.

The author describes how nurses and employment specialists worked toward an approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of learning opportunities to retain and recruit nurses.

Diane M. Carney, MS, BSN, RN, is Staff Development Leader, Regional Health Education Center, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Diane M. Carney, MS, BSN, RN, Regional Health Education Center, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa. 1000-4th Street SW, Mason City, IA 50401 (e-mail: carneyd@mercyhealth.com).

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