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 would like to thank everyone who attended for ensuring this was a positive and memorable conference in which further learning took place. In the next two weeks, we will be posting the presentation slides, notes from the workshops and further references to the topic.