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Authors

  1. Hughes, Ashley DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNEcl
  2. Keys, Yolanda DHA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC
  3. Peck, Jessica DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN
  4. Garcia, Theresa PhD, RN

Abstract

Access to healthcare is challenging for both Veterans and the nation's general population. To keep up with national primary healthcare needs, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) implemented Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). After a structure remodel at a Texas VA medical center, 40% of nurse practitioners (NPs) left the HBPC department in one year. The Anticipated Turnover Scale and the Misener NP Job Satisfaction Scale were administered online (n = 7), and results were used to complete a program evaluation. Forty-three percent of participants indicated intent to leave, and 56% of answers indicated job dissatisfaction. Seven categories were identified to mitigate voluntary turnover: Recognition; Shared governance; Orientation; Full practice authority; Collaboration; Organizational workflow maps; and Mentoring. Implementation of recommendations resulting from this project may help retain NPs in both VA and non-VA organizations, reduce organizational costs, support optimal patient outcomes, and increase access to healthcare.