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To Retain Nurses, Focus on Their Strengths

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 18th, 2010

Another  good way to retain nurses is to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. Too often we tend to point out their weaknesses rather than helping them develop their strengths.

Most performance appraisal forms are full of areas needing improvement. While continuous improvement is important, every person excels at certain tasks.

This is where the “sandwich” approach is helpful. Begin by stating with a strength in an area in which the person does well. Then move to the area of needed improvement. End with another strength and your willingness to help them develop even more.

Whether you are a supervisor or a staff nurse, this technique is a great way to build strong teams, and to retain good nurses.

For more strategies to retain and recruit nurses, contact me.

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