Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Rebecca Davis, PhD, RN

Second Advisor

Marie VanderKooi, MSN, RN

Third Advisor

Kathleen Fedoronko, MSN, RN

Academic Year



Nurse retention is a major issue that many healthcare organizations are facing. The increase of nurses leaving the acute care setting is leaving a strain on the nursing profession and patient care, and it has caused many organizations to undergo financial hardships. Wages, leadership, and the work environment play a vital role in nurse retention. This article describes a quality improvement project in which a cancer hospital in a Mid-western urban community focused on improving the work environment to improve nurse retention.

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