Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impact of a quality improvement strategy to implement an RN clinical learning and development specialist (CLDS) with the intent to reduce high turnover in novice nurses and low nurse engagement. The CLDS served as expert, role-model, coach, and mentor. Benner's model of novice-to-expert was used as the conceptual framework to monitor progression of nurses mentored by the CLDS. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement model for improvement was reviewed to assess the effectiveness of the CLDS on turnover rates and nurse engagement. At the time of program evaluation, the CLDS role had been operational at the project site for 8 months in inpatient and perioperative service lines. An analysis of turnover rate by headcount of 1510 RNs within the practice environment was completed. The change from the preintervention period to the postintervention period was statistically significantly lower. A nonparametric test to compare the monthly rates was used (z = -2.613; p = .005). To evaluate nurse engagement, the practice environment scale was deployed to all RN nurse residents from 9/2018 through 3/2019. A total of 166 surveys were deployed. There were 86 responses; 62 respondents were RNs with an assigned CLDS. There were no statistically significant differences in the scores between these 2 groups. The social impact of this project is important to share with nursing and operational leadership as an intervention to reduce RN turnover across healthcare settings, specifically in acute care practice areas. The issues of RN turnover and satisfaction with the practice environment are relevant across organization types and settings.