October 06, 2008 | | Comments 0
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Showcasing nurses as a retention strategy!

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 on in your Deaprtment Head meeting (most organizations have these at least once a month), have 2 or 3 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!
  • Most everyone is familiar with the strategy of beginning staff meetings with a recent “positive story” or compliment received. How much more of a positive impact would this have if presented by a nursing peer? Or one of your care assistants or unit secretaries?

WHAT OTHER IDEAS HAVE YOU IMPLEMENTED?!

Excellent Quote to Ponder…
“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality – – and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
~ Douglas Everett; Canadian Attorney and Senator

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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 Bonnie.Clair@coxhealth.com

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