How a cost-containment initiative produced recruitment & retention

Katherine Curley Cvach, Audrey Lyndon

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The Maryland Perinatal Education Consortium (MPEC), a 12-hospital education initiative, provides basic didactic education for perinatal nurses. The MPEC core curriculum integrates patient-specific cultural and age-related considerations for both the novice and experienced perinatal nurse. While the primary goal for developing the consortium was to maximize use of the nurse educator's time by pooling educational resources between participating hospitals, member hospitals have discovered that it also resulted in advantageous positioning for recruitment and retention of nursing staff. MPEC's pooled turnover rate of 14% is below the national average of 16%, resulting in important cost savings and additional staff for participating hospitals. This article describes the development of the MPEC and uses the Nursing Executive Center's model of turnover costs to describe the cost savings and retention impact for various-sized hospitals achieved through MPEC's multihospital collaboration in staff development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003


  • Consortium education
  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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