Preferred Name

Shawn Craddock

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Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing


Laureen Donovan

Linda Hulton

Donna Hahn


Purpose: With the continued nursing shortage, it has become increasingly important for healthcare organizations to focus on nurse retention to maintain quality of care standards and maintain fiscal responsibility. The purpose of this project was to pilot a new graduate nurse huddle to improve retention of new graduate nurses.

Method: A new graduate nurse huddle was developed using past nurse residency cohort Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey data to focus on areas of poor performance. Mixed methods surveys were administered pre-huddle and post-huddle to measure participant intent to stay and perception of huddle value. Descriptive statistics were used to evaluate the pilot project.

Findings: The participant intent to stay aggregate scores did not show an improvement of intent to stay based on the participation in the new graduate nurse huddle with the aggregate mean decreasing from 2.7 pre-huddle to 2.1 post-huddle. Huddle value scores were measured post-huddle and showed an aggregate mean of 3.7. Survey comments were also analyzed for thematic grouping and showed the top three themes were relationships, orientation, and employee/leader engagement.

Conclusions: While the impact of the huddle on participant intent to stay could not be determined, huddle value scores and comments indicate that the participants found value in the huddle. Further research is needed.



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