AONL research explores nurse leader practices for high RN retention

Nurse managers with high retention rates successfully created connection with their staff by offering care, growth and help, according to an AONL and Crucial Learning study. Nurses who reported their managers offered care, growth and help were 80% more likely to stay in their positions. Employee rounding, a practice designed to connect front-line staff to their managers, had no effect on whether nurses were likely to quit their jobs within three years. In fact, 81% of managers reported they rounded regularly, but only 36% of front-line staff said their managers rounded regularly. The study suggests hospitals should hold managers accountable for the degree their front-line staff experience care, growth and help, and eliminate measures that “promote little more than ritualistic compliance.”