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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing assistants are being hired in acute care settings to alleviate staffing issues associated with the nursing shortage. This has been a great economical solution to ensure adequate staff because of the large number of trained individuals in this vocation. Turnover and retention with nursing assistants in all settings including acute care is an expensive and reoccurring problem. Although several strategies have been implemented to prevent this, few provide a sustainable positive outcome. This situation requires an approach to look at the causes of turnover and provide interventions to reverse the negative impact. The intent of this research looked at the causes, effects, and alternatives to turnover of nursing assistants in all settings and promote retention. The areas that were looked at included training, recognition, respect, patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction along with training, education, and recognition. These strategies could assist acute care settings reduce turnover and decrease incidental costs and improve outcomes for all involved.

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