How Sanford Health is retaining younger nurses

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health recently launched a yearlong residency  program to help retain new nurses, according to the Grand Forks Herald

The program is meant to support nurses in their new job and encourage long-term careers with the organization, Meghan Goldammer, senior vice president of nursing and clinical services, told the Grand Forks Herald.

Sanford Health employs 8,200 nurses, and losing one costs the system up to $70,000, according to Ms. Goldammer.

The program currently includes 300 nurses in three training cohorts that work in Sanford's larger hospitals. The nurses meet monthly to receive training in areas such as leadership, quality outcomes and professional advancement.  

The program will run for a year before Sanford seeks accreditation and implements it at other affiliated clinics, rural hospitals and its senior care facility wing. 

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