Posts from March, 2010

Retain Nurses with Life Balance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 31st, 2010

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of presenting 4 sessions throughout the day for nurses at East Texas Medical Center, offering them tools for work-life balance. This hospital knows that happy healthy nurses sign on and stay on.

Their commitment to caring for their staff so remarkable, they gifted each nurse with a copy of my book, Balancing Life in Your ‘War Zones’, a Guide to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health. The area TV news was impressed with their caring strategy and this great nurse retention tool.

Contact me …I’d love to help your hospital show your commitment to your nurses and their life balance too.

RetainNurses–Let Them Make Progress

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 20th, 2010

nurseworkingA new study suggests we focus too intently on the warm-and-fuzzy of recognition and reward instead of a bigger nurse value: progress.

Harvard Business Review published a multi-year study by Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer that tracked the daily activities, emotions, and motivations of hundreds of knowledge workers across a variety of professions. The managers overwhelmingly ranked “recognition” as the most important factor for employees. But Amabile and Kramer found that employees were happiest, most engaged, and motivated when they made headway in their jobs, or received support to remove obstacles. When obstacles got in their way, they felt , unmotivated and dissatisfied.

Their survey notes that when participants experienced progress in their jobs, 76% of them reported it as their best day.

Nurses want to make a difference. Supporting them to do so is one of the best nurse retention tools. To learn hundreds more, contact me. I want to help.

Hands-on Nursing for High Schoolers

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 16th, 2010

nursingstudentHere is a great nurse recruitment tip! The Department of Nursing at Armstrong Atlantic State University hosted Medical Explorer Post students for a special Exploring event focusing on nursing careers.

Thirty-two high school juniors and seniors representing seven local public high schools participated in a series of four different hands-on activities with various simulators, including the laparoscopic surgery simulator.

Explorers were able to practice basic skills on patient simulators that exhibit pulse, blood pressure and even talk.

The coordinator of recruitment and retention, provided college and career presentations.

Not only is this a great community service event, it is a great way to recruit nurses.

I have lots more nurse recruitment and retention strategies! Contact me.

Nurses Can Help Change Healthcare Delivery

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 13th, 2010

nurseThe Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are working together on  the “Initiative on the Future of Nursing” study committee. Experts are hosting public forums across the country to gather information, particularly from nurses, on sharing innovative models of nursing care.

The ultimate goal of the 2-year joint RWFJ/IOM effort is to create a “blueprint for action” – a transformational report on the future of nursing.

“For healthcare reform to succeed, and for patients to receive better care at a cost we can afford, we must change the way healthcare is delivered. And nursing is at the heart of patient care.”

Nurses’ involvement in this process will increase nurse retention. Not only will it engage them, but in the end they will contribute to strategies to retain the tired over-worked workforce.

To learn how I can help you recruit the nurses you need and retain the best you have, contact me.

Boost Nurse Morale During Recession

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 11th, 2010

busynurseMany hospitals have dealt with cutbacks from lower patient traffic during the recession. The census is often lower so they had to flex people off. This does affect nurse morale.

Scheduling changes, such as moving from eight-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts, meant that scheduling could be juggled to allow cutbacks without affecting nurses so dramatically.

Still, as I visit hospitals as an expert on nurse recruitment and retention, I hear that much more attention needs to be given to boosting nurse morale. This is the best nurse retention tool.

To learn how I can help with nurse recruitment and retention at your hospital, contact me.

Recession Helps Nurse Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 7th, 2010

nursecolorEven in this recession” hospitals and healthcare professionals had reason to be optimistic. With the aging of the baby boomer population, it seemed that the market for healthcare would stay strong, and nurses would continue to have jobs.

In the past year, however, this certainty has grown a bit shaky. Hospitals are reporting a downturn in elective procedures that tend to be paid for in full by the patient or his or her insurer, which means that some ORs are standing empty, waiting for the economy to rebound. This is particularly serious, as these most-profitable procedures are tailing off.

For some hospitals, however, the recession has enabled OR nurses to really gel as a team. In the past year, many have had a high level of nurse retention.

Do you have nurse retention needs at your hospital. As an expert on nurse recruitment and retention, I can help. Contact me.

Employees Referrals Help Recruit Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 4th, 2010

nursedrawingSouthern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, GA has a great nurse recruitment and retention strategy. They have a low vacancy rate for nurses . In today’s job market, nurses are more grateful to have jobs and less likely to switch employers, they note. There is also an abundance of new grads in that area.

One of their best nurse recruitment tools? There has been an upswing in employee referrals, with about 50 percent of applicants are referred by current employees.

My Each One Reach One Nurse initiative teaches hospitals and employees how to do that. For information, contact me .