September 15, 2008 | | Comments 1
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Take notecards to a new level!

You’ve made your new staff member feel welcome, and are almost ready for his/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?

Kick it up a 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 specifically to my husband. She knew his name and included several compliments about my performance, and thanked him for “loaning” me to the department for 40 hours a week.


Both my husband and I were so impressed! I highly recommend this as a retention tool; I still work for that director!

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

Excellent Quote:
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bonnie Clair About the Author: Bonnie Clair, MSN, RN currently works as Retention Project Manager at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO. Her clinical background includes nursing management, nursing education administration and neonatal flight team. Her bedside nursing experience is comprised of Med Surg, NeuroScience and 15 years in the NICU. She has facilitated development and implementation of a clinical ladder for staff RNs and worked on a steering committee to implement Shared Governance in her health system. Other recent projects include designating parking spaces close to the hospital for pregnant staff and organizing a bi-monthly reunion event for employees reaching their 90th day of employment. She is passionate about nurse retention and relevant nursing education. You may contact her at

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  1. What a fantastic concept. I am surely going to implement something similar. After all, it is such proud feeling when your spouse and family take notice. Thanks for this great idea!

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