Renfrey Memorial Hospital

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Renfrey Memorial Hospital

Introduction
While the US has more nurses and physicians than ever before, upcoming retirements and a dysfunctional workplace are creating clinical shortages that can become more severe than the industry can bear (Woods, D. 2009). According to research, half of all nurses working today were born during the baby-boomer years. Therefore, the workforce is aging at a rapid rate. As such, in efforts to prevent a mass exodus from the profession, healthcare organizations leaders are exploring innovative ways to keep experienced nurses (Larson, J, 2009). The average age of registered nurses has risen from 41 in 2002 to 48 in 2006(Bolton-Burnes L. 2007). Even more troubling, in 2006, 45% of hospital-employed RNs
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Research on other Hospitals
Based on research from other hospitals in the U.S., many hospitals are faced with similar circumstances as Renfrey Memorial Hospital. Hospitals and Healthcare organizations that have implemented programs for nurse retention are; Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, UPMC Health Systems in Western Pennsylvania; Texas Nursing Association, and Cedars-Sinai Medical, Los Angeles, California. The above organization are able to craft appropriate strategies to overcome their challenges, these healthcare organizations not only have a reputation for retaining aging nurses, In fact, they have gone to great expense to attract new nurses, offering tuition reimbursement, childcare and even new cars. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been recognized worldwide for its leadership in all areas of healthcare. In an environment in which innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration are the norm, Hopkins remains today an acknowledged leader in the fields of nursing practice. (Hopkins Medicine, 2010). John Hopkins hospital development of comprehensive strategy to retain and fully leverage there older, more experiences nurses have proven to be a success. Based upon studies done with 10 veteran administration medical

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