How professional development retains more nurses

According to ANCC’s white paper, How Professional Development Retains More Nurses, “employer-provided development initiatives can positively impact job satisfaction, loyalty, tenure, and retention among nurses. They can also significantly lower organizational recruitment costs over the long term”.

With the average cost of turnover for a bedside RN ranging from $37,700 to $58,400 annually per nurse, a hospital can lose between $5.2 million and $8.1 million each year. Based on these calculations, every percentage reduction in RN turnover could save a hospital an additional $373,200.

Take a minute to learn more. “How professional development retains more nurses” provides valuable actions you can take to craft professional development programs that have significant benefits for your nursing staff and your organization.


(source: How professional development retains more nurses White Paper)

Five Reasons why staff development is important


Professional development can help to ensure that you and your staff maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a professional service to your patients, colleagues and the community. It also helps staff to advance in their careers and move into new positions where they can lead, manage, influence, and mentor others.


A structured training and development program can help to ensure all your employees have a consistent level of experience and knowledge. Your organization will also have the confidence of knowing your staff meets the skill level necessary for their career paths.


Training and development can help to ensure that your staff’s knowledge is relevant and up to date. This ensures that you and your staff are compliant with the latest regulations.

Address Weaknesses

Even the best of employees has some weaknesses when it comes to their workplace skills. An ongoing training and development program allows you to find and address any weaknesses, helping your employees to be more all-rounded and better skilled at every facet of their job.


Training and development can help to increase an employee’s confidence within their role. Investment in training and development helps to show employees they are appreciated which can help them feel a greater level of job satisfaction.


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