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Nurse Retention: Employee Wellness Programs Pay Off

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 24th, 2014

Employee wellness programs save hospitals money and also save money for the participating employees. These programs encourage staff members to be healthier, stronger and more prepared to deliver excellent patient care.

Hospitals must go beyond generic posters and one-size-fits-all approaches, but must create a culture of health.

Workplace WellnessA successful employee wellness program requires commitment from leadership. A well-known example of strong leadership is the Cleveland Clinic, which has a very well-regarded wellness program. CEO and president Toby Cosgrove, M.D. is very outspoken about the need to encourage employees to get and stay healthy. Among his initiatives, the Cleveland Clinic banned smoking on campus and will no longer hire smokers.

According to Paul Terpeluk, D.O., the Cleveland Clinic’s director of corporate health and employee health, hospitals have an ethical responsibility to introduce wellness expectations. At the Cleveland Clinic, everyone, no matter their job, has some role to play in creating the overall patient experience. In order to do their jobs to their best ability, they need to take care of their own health.

Every team member is a caregiver and we need to be the best caregivers we can be.

To learn how to improve the health of your caregivers, create powerful wellness programs and increase nurse retention visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to talk about customizing this program for your facility.

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