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SPRiNG: Starting Strong in Nursing

Starting Strong in Nursing
Publication date: 22 April 2016

Approximately 45% of all nurses and nursing assistants drop out during their training. After about two years 14% of the graduates is no longer employed in health care. This is presented in labour market forecasts made by SEOR among employees in health care and welfare services. Together with a large number of health care and educational institutions, the Research Centre Innovations in Care of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences will start a four year study into the causes of drop out amongst nursing students and new graduate nurses.


(Intended) results

  • An innovative validated predictive model for indicated prevention in health care
  • Understanding of the physical and mental problems of nurse students and new graduate nurses through quantitative and qualitative research
  • Good practices and a ready-made application to prevent drop out, based on early detection and intervening during internships and in the field of work
  • Valorisation of bachelor level knowledge in co-creation with creative students, health care institutions and health care professionals in the region
  • Connecting with science by means of two doctoral studies
  • Input of knowledge for the Master Advanced Nursing Practice, the Bachelor of Nursing programme, the Bachelor of Human Resource Management and the minor Occupational Health
  • Expert meetings and a final symposium for the network of health care institutions, professionals, educational programmes, lecturers, students and researchers in innovations in care

To distribute knowledge, expert meetings and a final symposium will be organised. The results of the study will be used in scientific publications, publications in professional journals and (inter)national presentations. In addition, these results will be actively distributed amongst the participating health care institutions and educational programmes.

Other educational and health care institutions will particularly be involved in further distribution of knowledge, as the results of the study are important for them as well. The possibilities for international parallel studies will be explored in cooperation with the international partners in the network. 

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