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  1. Shermont, Herminia MS, RN, CNA
  2. Krepcio, Deborah MSN, APRN, BC, CPNP


Given the nursing shortage, retaining qualified nurses is of primary importance to nurse executives. In this article, the authors discuss problems they experienced in retaining newly hired nurses on 3 surgical nursing units and describe how efforts to change the culture of the units resulted in dramatic improvements in nurse satisfaction and the retention of new hires.