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  1. Snyder, Amy DNP, RN, NE-BC
  2. Whiteman, Kimberly DNP, RN
  3. DiCuccio, Marge PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  4. Swanson-Biearman, Brenda DNP, RN
  5. Stephens, Kimberly DNP, RN


Registered nurse retention is declining, with a national turnover rate in 2021 of 27%. After implementing a toolkit, nursing leaders in 1 organization completed 75 stay interviews with nurses in a cardiothoracic telemetry and a cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit. Nurses reported that unit culture, team/peers, and scheduling were important in decisions to stay in their positions, but respondents considered leaving for salary, growth/development, and traveling opportunities. The stay interview process affords nurse leaders an opportunity to examine why nurses stay or leave and supports the development of targeted retention strategies.