Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Judith Hahn


Finding new and innovative strategies to improve nurse retention is a focus of every nurse leader. Applying a Magnet® structural empowerment strategy by implementing Professional Governance has an impact on nurse retention by fostering nurses’ involvement in decision making and engaging their participation in the improvement of nursing standards and practices. The findings of thisproject demonstrated that if the hospital is not Magnet®designated, and if professional governance has not been implemented throughout the organization, a unit can still implement a Professional Governance council to improve retention and the professional practice nursing environment.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access