One of the Governor’s Nursing Shortage task force recommendations was to develop strategies to retain ND Nursing program graduates and nurses practicing in North Dakota.  A committee was formed in 2018 and two programs have been working on this strategy.

Intent to Stay NCSBN Research Study

A grant was received from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine the Influence of Professional Quality of Life and Work Satisfaction on Intent to Stay.  The ND Center for Nursing is conducting this study with the University of North Dakota. This study will include surveys and focus groups with graduating and practicing nurses at all levels throughout North Dakota to determine how ND can encourage nurses to stay and work in ND. This study will also help to inform potential policy strategies such as retention incentives and will inform the development of our workplace culture designation system. We will post updates on this study including when the online survey is open and when will be hosting focus groups.

Workplace Culture Designation System Development

The second program is to develop a workplace culture designation system that will establish a set of workplace characteristics and goals to encourage employers to create a more engaging work environment for nurses to increase recruitment and retention. A committee has been formed to develop this system and a large retreat was held Fall of 2018 which was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Caring Foundation. The committee is in the process of utilizing draft criteria from the retreat to develop the system in conjunction with the Intent to Stay study. If you would like to join this committee, click on this link to our leadership team application.