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Nurse Retention and Nurse Recruitment: Attract and Keep Nurses with Health and Wellness Programs

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 1st, 2014

Only 46% of U.S. hospital workers say their organizations promote healthy work environments (compared with 69% of U.S. workers overall) – figures that significantly affect nurse recruitment and nurse retention efforts. Barely one-third (35%) of U.S. hospital workers say that current wellness programs actually encouraged a healthier lifestyle, compared with nearly half (48%) of all U.S. workers. Only 40% of U.S. hospital workers agree that their organizations reward employees for living a healthy lifestyle, compared with 55% of U.S. workers overall.

nurse wellness Hospitals that miss the mark on health and wellness face potentially serious consequences. One is a less effective recruiting of new employees. The Global Workforce Study asked respondents to rate the top five attributes of the workplace that would attract them to a job. U.S. hospital workers put health care/wellness benefits in third place. By comparison, the rest of U.S. workers ranked health care and wellness seventh in importance.

To learn how to nurture the health of your hospital employees and create positive nurse recruitment and nurse retention programs visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to create a plan to customize this program for your facility.

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