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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Skilled and experienced registered nurse employees are critical to the organizational success and stability of hospitals, but an annual average registered nurse turnover rate of 14% can result in financial losses of millions of dollars annually for the typical hospital in the United States. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the engagement strategies hospital nurse managers use to retain registered nurses. The study population included 8 nurse managers employed by hospitals in West Central Florida who have successfully implemented engagement strategies to retain registered nurses. The conceptual framework for the study was based on systems theory and the job characteristics theory. Data collection was conducted through semistructured in-person interviews and a review of company documents. The credibility and reliability of the data analysis was reinforced through supplemental follow-up questions, member checking, and methodological triangulation. The 3 themes that emerged were nurse engagement strategies, leadership influence and organizational culture, and nurse development. The findings from this research study could contribute to positive social change by providing nurse managers with strategies for retaining valuable and skilled registered nurses to enable them to improve registered nurse work experiences. The retention of registered nurses and reduced employee turnover might result in higher job satisfaction and work engagement for registered nurses, and improved organizational growth and stability.