There are no two ways about it: retaining nurses is a national problem, but Boone Hospital Center wants to build on the success of nurse residency programs that have shown positive results at hospitals in St. Louis and Kansas City, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. Beginning in January, the 12-month mentoring program will combine classroom and clinical settings. Michelle Zvanut, vice president of human resources at Boone, told the Tribune that 50 to 75 residents will participate in the first year and participants, who are employees, must commit to work at Boone Hospital for at least one year after the residency. Boone invested $125,000 to start the program, but expects to save more than $1 million over three years if turnover decreases as expected, the report notes. “The goal for the long term is to retain our nurses longer,” Deanna Powers, patient care manager at Boone, said in the report.

On-the-Job Training Required

Nurse practitioners, despite their advanced degrees, require some on-the-job prep work before being integrated into an intensive care unit. That includes putting them into a well-defined role in a leadership position, a thorough orientation and possibly more training for individuals who are new to advance practice nursing, according to an article in Critical Care Nurse. “New nurse practitioners enter practice with variable backgrounds in education and nursing experience,” says Shari Simone, a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner and senior nurse practitioner clinical program manager, Women’s and Children’s Services, University of Maryland Medical Center, in a news release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Policy Advice for the President-Elect

The American Nurse Association joined the chorus of health care organizations seeking to keep the incoming Donald Trump administration on track with certain health care programs. The ANA wrote President-Elect Trump asking that certain principles are maintained to ensure progress in transforming the health care system. They include such things as prohibiting denial of health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Other groups have written policy-related letters to Trump and others in Congress, including an attention-getting letter from the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals outlining what would result if certain parts of the Affordable Care Act were repealed.