Posts from June, 2010

Save Our New Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 25th, 2010

When one considers that 1 in 5 first year nurses quit, it speaks to the need for every new nurse to have a mentor. As a part of the interview process, have the proposed new hire shadow one of your best nurses for a day…perhaps one that would be her mentor for a full year. And mentors must be compensated. Some hospitals give bonuses, and others give $1 and hour pay raise. Now that will help with nurse retention!

For more ideas on how to retain your nurses, contact me.

Yes, Virginia, There is Still a Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 21st, 2010

At a time when good jobs with benefits are harder to find, South Florida’s nursing shortage continues. A new study by the Florida Center for Nursing finds the shortage is coming down to one word: Churn. Rapid turnover is the driving force behind the shortage.

For every five registered nurses Florida added in the last two years, it lost three of them, either to another state or to another profession entirely.

It’s a problem Florida cannot afford to ignore. Nursing shortages are associated with poorer patient outcomes: more pressure sores, more clinically acquired infections such as pneumonia, longer stays and higher costs.

Recruiting and training a new registered nurse can cost as much as a year’s salary. So solving the retention problem is an urgent issue.

To learn strategies to retain your best nurses, contact me.