Nurse Retention in Nursing Homes

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 22nd, 2014

2 responses to “Nurse Retention in Nursing Homes”

  1. Melodyann Leeper says:

    I appreciate your sound advice. I have worked in long term care 16 plus years of my career. The work is physically and mentally exhausting. One of the things I could give is my expertise however most upper management have little or no emotional intelligence. They lead by a commandant type of leadership.I have seen over and over again if someone in management takes a dislike to an employee they start the “discipline ” process until they have enough ammo to fire the person” justly”. Instead of talking to the person to change a behavior they don’t appreciate.there is always someone to replace them but the staff feels the loss. They understand they could be next because so and so doesn’t like them. Intimidating hostile work place. However you LOVE the residents and come back day to day for them.

  2. Eric says:

    I appreciate the comments Melodyann wrote. I have recently made the jump from acute care environment to long-term care. In acute care I was amazed at the number of healthcare administrators who had no clinical experience. It is, unfortunately not much different in long-term care. What I am finding though, is the lack of formal education or training among long-term care leaders, either clinically or non-clinical.
    Since there are always multiple sides to every situation, I think the following quote from the Nursing Home Administrators Examination Study Guide sums it up well. The 2nd paragraph of Chp 4 begins with, “Nursing homes are changing…the administrator is assuming a leadership position within…the second most heavily regulated industry, with nuclear power plants being the first.” The problem is, very few people understand that concept. Having served on nuclear power submarines and now in long-term care, I see the similarities and the glaring differences in the comparison. Yes, there are numerous regulations in both areas. However, those working in nuclear power are highly trained, skilled and understand the significance of being alert in even the most monotonous situations. I have not witnessed, that same level of heightened awareness, training and communication around the clock in long-term care. Challenges are present for both the caregiver and the administrator.

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