Nurse Turnover: Understand it, Reduce it

Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI; Leah Curtin, ScD(h), RN, FAAN


Am Nurs Journal. 2020;15(8) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Nurses work in a fast-paced environment, providing patient care, reassuring family members, and keeping up with evidence-based practices and procedures. That level of stress can leave many healthcare organizations with a high nurse turnover rate. Fundamentally, though, turnover is a reaction to every leadership decision, so managing it is a process, not an event that's concluded with a quarterly or annual review. Managing turnover requires mindfully creating a workplace culture that supports high performers financially, intellectually, and psychologically while also efficiently and fairly weeding out poor performers.