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Blog spotlight: Display your means of retention

Nurse Leader Insider, October 13, 2008

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This week, retention expert, Bonnie Clair, BSN, RN, shares some strategies for recognizing staff and boosting retention that don't cost a penny:

As managers, we're always on the lookout for opportunities to recognize our staff, but we're also in a constant budgetary constraint. By looking for situations in which we can showcase our staff, we may be able to provide a form of recognition for those nurses who enjoy the public eye, while helping our organization with recruitment at the same time!

Here are a few ideas to get you started ...

  • The next time your unit has something to report during your department head meeting (most organizations have these at least once a month), have two or three staff members get up to present your data.
  • Does your cluster have any type of huddles or management meetings? This is another grand opportunity for staff to present information!
  • Are you currently experiencing a staffing crunch? How about sending one of your RNs to a job fair or a college career day with your organization's nurse recruiter? No one can sell your unit to potential applicants like a nurse who works there!

What other ideas have you implemented?

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