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Establishing Partnerships to Recruit and Retain Critical Care Nurses

Wider, Lottchen PhD, RN; Fritz, Deborah J. PhD, RN; Albers, Lisa MSN, RN; Zahn, Karen MSN, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: May-June 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p E17-E23
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181af01c5

The current need to increase numbers of critical care nurses presents an exciting opportunity for nurses in staff development. Partnerships forged between university faculty and nurses have potential to recruit students into critical care settings. This article describes a course taught by faculty and practicing nurses that encourages students to pursue careers in critical care. The success of this initiative provides evidence that academic and clinical partnerships can develop a critical care nurse workforce.

A partnership between university faculty and practicing nurses in a critical care course resulted in recruitment of nurse learners into critical care employment.

Lottchen Wider, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Deborah J. Fritz, PhD, RN, is a practicing FNP, VAMC, St. Louis, Missouri.

Lisa Albers, MSN, RN, is Assistant Clinical Professor, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Karen Zahn, MSN, RN, is Manager of Transport Services, Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Lottchen Wider, PhD, RN, Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141 (e-mail:

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