Your Help is Needed!  

We are working on improving North Dakota’s nursing workplace culture in order to help recruit and retain more nurses. More information is below. You are invited to participate on an online survey and to attend a focus group that will be held throughout the state. Survey results will be used to determine new strategies and to also develop a system to designate health care facilities with healthy nursing workforce culture.

Click on the survey that applies to you to learn more and to participate.

Practicing Nurses-  nurses that are NOT currently attending a nursing education program at all levels LPN, RN, APRN

Graduating Nurses- nurses that are in the last year of their nursing program at all levels- LPN, RN, APRN

Focus Groups

Focus groups for practicing nurses will be held throughout the state.  See below for the current schedule, many of them are in process of being scheduled.  We will update the focus group schedule on our website and send out announcements in our newsletter and on our facebook page. The Graduating Nurse Focus groups are being arranged with each education program.

Upcoming Focus Groups for Practicing Nurses

Grand Forks/East Grand Forks– TBA

JamestownDecember 6th at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM CST at Jamestown Regional Medical Center Board Room in the Lower Level. Muffins/cookies will be served.

This study is a collaboration between the ND Center for Nursing, the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Health Professions and the ND State Nursing Workplace Culture Committee.

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.