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The Nursing Shortage: Recruitment and Retention of Current and Future Nurses

Westendorf, Jennifer J. BS, RN, CNOR

doi: 10.1097/01.PSN.0000278239.10835.1c

Developing strategies to accomplish the goal of bringing future nurses to the profession as well as retaining the dedicated nurses is vital to the profession. Dynamic and inspirational recruiting tactics can bring a wealth of qualified workers to the profession. To aid the new workforce, efforts need to be taken to retain the current nurses because their expertise and wealth of knowledge are imperative for developing novice nurses into experts. This article discusses trends in recruitment and retention strategies as well as cost implications. In addition, it provides evidence-based research on the overall implications of recruitment and retention and how the nursing shortage can be curbed.

Jennifer J. Westendorf, BS, RN, CNOR, is at the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

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