What is scary are the numbers in the article, one in five new nurses quit in a a year. That is not helping the nursing shortage at all. Some hospitals are establishing residencies to help the matter, but nurses still feel they are still left on on a wing, in other words working with little support.
It takes a special person to be a nurse and deal with all of us when we are not at our best, a lot of patience and skill by all means, as emerging technologies are also initiated quickly in hospitals and the call for the nurses to learn and adapt is a very fast cycle as well. BD
Some hospitals have set up their own programs to help new nurses make the transition. Often, they assign novices to more experienced nurses, whom they shadow for a few weeks or months while they learn the ropes. That's what O'Bryan's hospital did, but for her, it wasn't enough.
So more hospitals are investing in longer, more thorough residencies. These can cost roughly $5,000 per resident. But the cost of recruiting and training a replacement for a nurse who washed out is about $50,000, personnel experts estimate. The federal government has jumped on the bandwagon. Since 2003, it has awarded $17 million in grants for 75 hospitals to start first-year training programs.