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Posts from August, 2011

Are Nurses Going to Quit?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 22nd, 2011

A 2011 survey from healthcare recruiters at AMN Healthcare reported that 25% of the 1,002 registered nurses surveyed say they will look for a new place to work as the economy recovers – up sharply from the 15% who said so in a 2010 survey.

The 2011 Survey of Registered Nurses: Job Satisfaction and Career Plans, also found that while nurse career satisfaction was high at 74%, actual satisfaction with the role RNs currently hold was at 58%, down from 66% last year.

Most alarmingly, the survey found that 32% of nurses plan to take steps in the next one to three years that would take them out of nursing, up from the 26% in the 2010 survey.

We are facing a “perfect storm” for a nursing shortage. What is your hospital doing to retain the nurses you have?

To learn about my nurse recruitment and retention strategies, contact me.

Need More Nurses as Nurse Navigators

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 16th, 2011

More and more hospitals are utilizing nurse navigators to help steer patients through the medical system maze, especially in cancer treatments. At no added charge, navigators help patients make informed decisions, set up doctor appointments, arrange tests etc. Nurse navigators help dealing with chemotherapy and help them stay on track while offering emotional support.

Studies show that navigation services increase patient participation in cancer screening and adherence to followup care.

The Commission on Cancer, part of the American College of Surgeons, issued new standards this year requiring cancer centers to offer patient-navigator services by 2015 to meet accreditation requirements.

With the nursing shortage crisis looming, this information supports plans to recruit nurses for future patient care needs.

To learn more ways to recruit the nurses you need and retain the nurses you have, contact me