Nursing

News spotlight: Focus on why nurses stay, not why they leave

Nurse Leader Insider, December 7, 2009

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Despite the recession, the number of vacant nursing positions still has most facilities concerned, especially with the projected number of unfilled positions expected to climb from 100,000 to 340,000 by 2020. To address the issue, Moorehead Associates, an employee survey and research firm, believes facilities should focus more on why nurses stay, as opposed to why they leave.

David Rowlee, vice president of research services at Moorehead Associates, suggests healthcare systems use the model "links, fit, and sacrifice" to make a connection between nurses and employees. The connection involves providing material and psychological benefits for nurses, which in turn creates a comfortable work environment for new hires.

One facility has had success with this model, creating an on-boarding program where nurses receive welcome letters, have lunch with their manager the first week of hire, and have weekly meetings for the first three months with their on-boarding coordinator.

Source: Healthcare Finance News (NC)



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