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Posts from December, 2011

Corporate Wellness Programs Increase Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 29th, 2011

Corporate wellness programs that encourage people to take steps to prevent the onset or worsening of a health condition and to adopt healthier lifestyles, have steadily grown in the past few years, according to the latest MetLife Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study.

Nearly half of employers offer such programs, almost double from 2005. In companies with 500 or more employees, the number increases to about 75 percent.

Wellness programs not only improve the health of the staff, but they also increase productivity while saving the company money.

Studies have shown that for every $1 a company puts into corporate wellness programs, $3 is saved through decreased sick days, increased worker productivity and employee retention, according to the National Business Group on Health inWashington,D.C.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at your facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

Empower Nurses with Shared Governance

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 20th, 2011

Developing a shared governance structure empowers nurses to make decisions about their practice and take more responsibility. It has been shown to increase retention and employee satisfaction, improve safety and patient satisfaction, reduce lengths of stay, and result in a higher bottom line.

Every nurse wants to work in an organization that has a healthy work environment, where team members work collaboratively and make decisions about the way nursing care is delivered and measured for ongoing improvement.

Ensuring such an environment is best if organizations adopt a formal shared governance structure that empowers nurses and all other healthcare workers to have a voice. This not only ensures better patient care, but aids nurse retention.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

121,000 New Job Ads Posted for Registered Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 13th, 2011

  • 121,000 new job ads for Registered Nurses were posted by employers and staffing agencies in May, up 46% from May last year, according to Wanted Analytics. About 10% were ads placed for positions at hospitals, where turnover rates for RNs average 14%. Last April the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that “the health care industry added 428,000 jobs throughout the 18-month recession from December 2007 until June 2009, and has continued to grow at a steady rate since the end of the recession.” As the largest of the healthcare workforce, RNs were recruited to fill many of these new positions.
  • Sometimes in these challenging times, when it is hard to believe that the recession is “over,” it’s hard to acknowledge the positive information regarding nurse recruitment. But things are getting better. Hospitals are hiring. There is hope.Spread the word.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.

283,000 Jobs Added in Healthcare Within the Last Year

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, December 5th, 2011

  • Despite significant job losses in nearly all major industries, in April, 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the healthcare sector of the economy is continuing to grow. Hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory care settings added 37,000 new jobs in March, the biggest monthly increase recorded by any employment sector. RNs, the largest  of the healthcare workforce, will likely be recruited to fill many of these positions. The BLS confirmed that 283,000 jobs have been added in the healthcare sector within the last year.
  • It’s time to begin the positive chatter about the increased hirings in the healthcare field. We nurses can spread these messages of hope…and soon the rest of the world may catch on!
  • To learn more of my nurse recruitment and retention strategies and/or to have me speak at our facility to increase morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.