SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It is expensive to lose a nurse. Even the rookies.

When a nurse leaves a job at Sanford Health, the turnaround costs run up to $70,000 said Meghan Goldammer, senior vice president of nursing and clinical services.

Finding nurses isn’t easy, either. So the regional health provider, which employs 8,200 nurses, is committed to keeping the ones they have, starting with the rookies.

Sanford Health has launched a year-long retention program for new nurses, an effort meant to support them in their new jobs and jumpstart long-term careers with the organization.

“That was some of the impetus of this program, is really investing in our new nurses’ success so they’ll spend the rest of their careers here,” Goldammer said.

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