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Blog spotlight: Send the message of retention

Nurse Leader Insider, September 22, 2008

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This week, retention specialist, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares some thoughtful strategies to retain staff nearing their 90-day evaluation:

You've made your new staff member feel welcome, and are almost ready for his or her 90-day evaluation. How about writing a SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE note card, signed by you and your charge nurses? Or, can you scan a picture of their preceptor(s) or shift peers to the inside of the card? How about having the entire team sign the card and present it at a staff meeting?

Want to kick it up another notch? Send a handwritten note to the employee's family and/or their spouse/significant other! I once had a director who sent a holiday card to my home (it was near my 90 days in the department). She included a note addressed specifically to my husband, made several compliments about my performance, and thanked him for "loaning" me to the department for 40 hours a week.

What ideas for retaining staff at their 90-day evaluation have you implemented?

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