Posts from April, 2010

Frustrated Nursing Grads

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 15th, 2010

Recently I was speaking at a hospital talking  to nurses recently recruited and heard their frustrations in not being able to work in the area of their choice.

Indeed, where once nursing grads could essentially write their own ticket and choose from several attractive job opportunities, some looking to enter our profession have had to settle for a position different from their goals.

Wise new grads will take this job, giving the best care possible as team player. When the recession ends and cut backs are eased, they can transfer into their position of choice.

Can I help you recruit the nurses you need and retain your new grads? Please contact me.

The New Health Care Bill May Help Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 12th, 2010

While many debate the pros and cons of the new

Health Care Bill, it seems it will include programs

that may benefit nursing.

Some of the provisions that will most directly affect nurses are under the Reauthorization of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs. These programs, under the Public Health Service Act, are the primary source of federal funding for nursing education and help insure that there will be enough nurses in the future to care for the masses. One major grant programs is:

• Advanced Education Nursing: Provides grants to nursing schools and academic health centers to increase education and practice for nurses in master’s and post-master’s programs. These programs prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and public health nurses. The legislation also eliminates the 10% cap on grants for doctoral education.

Increasing education is a great way to retain nurses.

Stay tuned for more information on these programs in future blogs.

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Recruit Your kids as Nurses!

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

Whether on an official Bring Your Child to Work Day, or any other day, take your sons and daughters with you to work for a day.

Let them see what you do, the difference you make.

Sometimes it’s good to have them follow another of your staff member too. This is a great way to recruit nurses (plus they get a great appreciation for all you do and why you might be pooped after work!)

Can I help your hospital recruit nurses and retain nurses? Contact me.

“Longevity” Bonus

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 3rd, 2010

I’m hearing more and more about hospitals offering a “Longevity bonus.” Nurses who stay 2 years get $2000. After 5 years, $5000; 10 years $10,000;20 years, $20,000!

When we consider that it costs a minimum of $62,000 to hire and train a new nurse, this is a great nurse retention idea.

I’ve got lots more tried and proven nurse retention ideas.

I’d love to  help you. Please contact me!