RN Work Project began in 2006 as a national study to track career changes among new nurses. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation until 2016, we have the unique opportunity to study the careers of new nurses over ten years.

RN Work Project is the only multi-state, longitudinal panel study of new nurses’ turnover rates, their intentions, and attitudes such as intent, satisfaction, organizational commitment, and preferences about work.

The study aims to:

  • Understand the needs of and challenges faced by new nurses to meeting the goal of balancing the supply of and demand for RNs
  • Examine the first and subsequent settings of new nurses and:      
    • Learn what influences their first job choice and where they move to afterward.        
    • Compare settings of jobs over time.     
    • Determine whether new nurses move in or out of nursing.      
    • Determine why new nurses leave or stay in their jobs.


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