Want to keep ER nurses from leaving? Focus on patient safety instead of satisfaction.

From KevinMD (guest post by Dr. Paine). Hat tip: Dr. Butts:

In almost a decade at my current job in a busy suburban ED, I have watched countless talented and experienced ER nurses come and go.  At first, I asked them why they were leaving.  Now, I ask them why they stayed as long as they did.  Over the years, our ED has seen a drastic increase in acuity, a steady increase in volume, and a decrease in staffing levels.  Is it any wonder that nurses leave after a few years in that environment?  The phenomenon isn’t unexpected at all.  It isn’t an unsolved mystery.

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