Patient Safety | 03.03.21
Arkansas Hospital Launches Program to Retain Nurses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Ark., recently launched a first-of-its-kind mentor program in the state to retain more nurses. Amy Harris, a preceptor at Saline Memorial, says the program helps new nurses learn to work and continue to learn at their own pace with a mentor by their side. She remarks, "What this will do is take these nurses who come out of school and think it's going to be one thing and then find out it's different and instead of saying, 'I think I've made the wrong decision' or 'I can't do this,' it's going to give them the power to say, 'OK, this is new for me, I have help, I have tools, I have a leader to teach me.'" The program requires 2,000 working hours prior to completion. Among those enrolled are nursing school seniors, new graduates, and nurses with two years or less of experience.
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