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Tripping over the welcome mat

“Tripping over the welcome mat: Why new nurses don’t stay and what the evidence says we can do about it” provoked a lively discussion. A few comments:

“Well if we were all honest, no new nurse knows what it will be like to have to take care of the current patient assignment. Nowhere is any nurse prepared to care for patients who are demanding and what everything, and then the family who comes in and wants even more. Even though acuity has gone up, patient to nurse ration has never readjusted except in ICU… So why aren’t we happy?”

“Many of the supports recommended in this article apply to any new nurse on a unit, regardless of experience. I am an experience RN new to a toxic work environment and have hit that 6-month wall where I just want to quit.”

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