Retaining Nurses to Mitigate Shortages

Terri Gaffney, PhD, MPA, RN


Am Nurs Journal. 2022;17(1) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Flexibility, creative policies, and new care models are key to retention.

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a global public health concern due to its rapid spread and resulting high mortality. Nurses found themselves on the front lines of a healthcare crisis that changed their practices, organizations, communities, and the world. Two years later, nurses find themselves physically and mentally exhausted from the strain of battling the virus. With plummeting morale, nurses are leaving their jobs. Examining innovative strategies that emerged during the pandemic offers a glimmer of hope for addressing nurse retention beyond the pandemic.