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Will I have enough new grad RNs to make a dent in my hospital’s shortage? If not, why?

This question is all too familiar to today’s CNO. Many hospitals find themselves unable to hire enough new graduate nurses to ease their internal shortage. Why is this?

Many hospitals lack the appropriate number of qualified preceptors to successfully onboard newly graduated nurses. Additionally, experienced staff nurses tend to be overused to precept these new grads, causing burnout and turnover among core staff. COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges. A nurse’s regular daily duties have increased significantly with higher patient ratios and more acute cases. The additional responsibility to precept new grad nurses may push limits beyond reasonable expectations for the experienced nurse. When your most experienced and trusted nurses leave or burn out and new nurses don’t feel supported during onboarding, nobody wins.

We often ask our core nursing staff to onboard new nurses due to their vast bedside experience. But does this necessarily mean they are qualified to precept? Or, do we charge these nurses with this task because they are “good nurses”?

The truth is a great nurse does not always make a great preceptor. SimpliFi’s Confidence Accelerating Practice (CAP) Program evaluates our preceptors to ensure they are a true “fit” for the role. Our preceptors are formally trained to ensure their methods are standardized across the residency program, guaranteeing the message to your new grad nurses is aligned with the mission, vision, and performance improvement initiatives of your facility.

In a time when new RNs are needed more than ever to accommodate the current rise in patient care demand, standardized precepting is imperative to increase new grad RN retention and reduce turnover. SimpliFi’s CAP program adds bandwidth to your residency program so you can appropriately onboard enough new RNs to reduce your internal nursing shortage. We do this through preceptor assessment, onboarding, and standardized training, in addition to ongoing support and preceptor coaching.

If you’re ready to improve your residency program with qualified, dedicated preceptors and retain the best clinical talent, contact us to start the conversation.