Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nurse managers are stakeholders in creating a culture of nurse retention. The purpose of this staff education project was to identify evidence-based best practices that promote nurse retention and to educate nurse managers about these strategies. Knowles's theory of adult learning was the theoretical framework for the project. The practice-focused question addressed whether an education program for nurse managers would increase their understanding of evidence-based strategies to create a culture of nurse retention. The education program centered on 4 themes: professional development, communication and relationships, culture and work environment, and organizational structures and support. The concepts of 5 domains-- status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness (the SCARF model)--were used to educate nurse managers about the conceptual foundations of individuals' engagement within their environment. Education was delivered using a presentation software program with a follow-up question-and-answer session. A reference toolkit was included in the program. Twenty-seven nurse managers completed a 7-question post presentation survey to assess their level of understanding related to creating a culture of nurse retention; all reported excellent and good levels of understanding based on the program. The nurse manager toolkit and education program can assist nurse mangers in developing leadership strategies supporting nurse retention and positive social change in the culture of the organization.