Posts from January, 2009

Cars as an incentive?!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 26th, 2009

Several years ago I read in the newspaper about a hospital that gave a Volkswagen Beetle as a sign on bonus! Another hospital gave a Mercedes Benz to all employees who had worked there for 5 years. (They made a great win/win deal with a local leasing agency.) The parking lot was filled with Mercedes Benz – what message did that send? They had an abundance of applications.

Nurses want work-life balance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 21st, 2009

According to the Herman Trend Alert, healthcare workers, particularly young ones, are redefining their ideas of “career success.” They value life-work balance. I love doing recruitment events. Hospitals invite local nurses and senior nursing students to a lovely dinner, often off campus to entice people to come. Wine and chocolate fountains flow and nurses feel special. I do my Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul keynote, reminding nurses to care for themselves as attentively as they do others, and I give them simple tools to balance their lives physically, mentally and spiritually every day. While I’m humbled to say that they love me J and my message, what they really love is the hospital that brought me there. I am proof that they “walk their talk.” They really will allow the nurse to balance work and family.

More Time Caring or Patients

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 3rd, 2009

nurseworking1How much time do nurses spend with their patients? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF ) sponsored a time and motion study to determine just that.

To my amazement, the national average is only 30 percent of a nurse’s shift!

Through its national initiative, Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB),
RWJF’s goal is to increase that percentage at 300 hospitals, specifically in
the medical-surgical units.

TCAB’s tools help hospitals improve their work environment by eliminating
inefficiencies and putting quality of patient care back into the hands of

Those tools clearly work – thanks to TCAB, Cedar Sinai Medical Center
reported an average of 86 percent of a nurse’s shift being spent with patients. This is a great nurse retention strategy.

When I assist hospitals with their nurse recruitment and retention efforts, one
frequent complaint I hear from nurses is that they have too many duties and
distractions taking them away from direct patient care.

Share this info with your hospital? Wouldn’t you nurses – and all nurses – love to spend that time at the bedside, doing the work we are called to do?

Contact me and I can help.