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The Nurse Leader’s Pivotal Role in Retaining Millennial Nurses

Ulep, Kate, BSN, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 12 - p 604–608
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000689

With increasing patient acuity and a significant nursing shortage expected in the near future, understanding and gaining the commitment of the new generation of novice nurses are important for nursing leaders. This article provides a review of recent literature and presents innovative strategies that nurse leaders can use to improve the engagement and commitment of millennials. The benefit of expanding mentoring to 3 years, involvement in department committees, quality initiatives, or unit-based councils and opportunities for lateral movement are also discussed.

Author Affiliation: Professional Development Director Cardiovascular Center, Department of Patient Care Services, Tufts Medical Center, Boston; Graduate Student, Master’s in Nursing Leadership/Nursing Administration program Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Ulep, Tufts Medical Center, North 6, Box 465, 800 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111(

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