Bournemouth University in collaboration with Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) held a very successful, sold out conference on 1 July to discuss the topic of nurse retention and our Burdett Trust for Nursing-funded research project, ‘Making TRACS to improve nurse retention’ (led by Principal Investigator, Janet Scammell). This conference attracted attendees representing nurse clinicians, workforce developers, and education and training from across Dorset.
Incorporating the elements of the TRACS model and involving registered nurses from RBCH in what is needed to improve nurse retention, this project developed the online resource, Support4Nurses: http://support4nurses.uk. This was presented at the conference as well as our key findings of the three main areas to improve nurse retention: staff development, authentic leadership and valuing staff, and supporting health and wellbeing. Future plans are to work with RBCH to implement learning from this project at a local level as well as share our approach and outcomes more widely.
We have uploaded the presentations of our keynote speakers and notes from the workshops. A big thank you to all who were able to attend and if you have any questions or would like to speak further about this project, please contact Janet Scammell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to hear your feedback on the conference. Here is a short survey to capture your thoughts of the event: https://bournemouth.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/improving-nurse-retention-conference-2019-feedback-survey