Posts from June, 2009

What if Everybody Wanted to Work Nights and Holidays?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 12th, 2009

stethascopeIt’s rare that a nurse actually WANTS to work nights or holidays. Deciding who works the unpopular shifts is a cause of stress and disharmony sometimes.

I was recently doing a nurse recruitment and retention event at a hospital when they told me about their program of “Bid-shifts.” Nurse earn points for each extra shift worked; unpopular shifts earn more points. These points are redeemed with prizes or days off.

Another hospital created an incentive system to earn points and worked with a company at, a web-based tracking and rewards system. Prizes ranged from Amazon books to furniture!

Bidding for shifts seems to be an idea where everybody wins. As a matter of fact, in some situations nurses are stumbling over one another to sign up for them! To learn more ideas about how to retain the nurses you have, contact me.

More education?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 5th, 2009

It is common for hospitals to offer tuition reimbursement for advanced education or degrees, in return for X number years of service, as a great nurse retention idea. I wonder why more nurses don’t take advantage of that. Perhaps it’s because their lives are already full and busy. It would be great conversation, though, as nurses gather. Often, I believe, people just need to be invited to participate. Who would you invite to continue their education?