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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Diane Stuenkel

Second Advisor

Virgil Parsons


Retention, recruitment, turnover, nursing shortage, staff nurses, social climate, work environment, supervisor support, peer cohesion, Rudolf Moos, innovation, morale, relationships


Registered nurses (RNs) are the lifeblood of hospitals. Therefore, retaining skilled nurses is necessary to insure the viability of these institutions. A two-year longitudinal, non-experimental research study utilized a descriptive design to compare the perceptions of RNs who remained on their units to those who left or changed units over a two-year time period. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether there was a statistically significant difference between these two groups. Results in several areas indicate that further evaluation is necessary by nurse managers and administration. This information could help retain RNs as well as attract qualified nurses to a center of excellence.

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