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Posts from September, 2010

To Retain Your Nurses…Simply Thanks Them

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 30th, 2010

“One of the main causes of burnout is a loss of reciprocity in social interactions. In other words, we have to give much more than we give back.” Peter Richter

Often the best recognition is not related to compensation. A personal thank you card or simply saying “nice job” can a log way in retaining a good nurse. It’s important however that the feedback happens immediately.

Some hospitals have a quarterly review to evaluate the growth of the nurse, where they have improved from the previous quarter, where they still need improvement, and if any compensation changes need to be made based on the nurse’s progress. This is another great opportunity to acknowledge the compassionate and competent care they give. Many hospitals also have Nurse of the Month, Nurse of the Unit, along with the celebration of Nurses’ Week each year.

Thanking nurses is one of the best retention tools, plus it doesn’t have to cost a dime.

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Nursing Shortage Looms

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 8th, 2010

The nursing shortage is not new to the nation’s health care industry. We’ve seen several nursing shortages since World War II.

But even with a recent increase in nurses entering the work force, estimates for the next shortfall are significant.

Peter Buerhaus, professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University, wrote in a recent issue of the online medical journal Health Affairs, “Our projections indicate a shortfall of RNs developing around 2018 and growing to about 260,000 by 2025.”

While projections have improved of late, Buerhaus wrote, “The magnitude of the 2025 deficit would still be more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.”

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