Retain Your Nurses with Motivation

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 9th, 2010

A great nurse retention tool is to be a motivator. Find out what motivates your nurses, individually, as this often varies from person to person. Some are motivated by praise. Other are motivated by power and prestige. Still others feel motivated when filled with a sense of pride and feeling valued.

The days of cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all motivation is no longer. To actively engage your nurses, you need to find out what works for each person. Instead of acknowledging them in ways that work for you, treat them the ways that work for them.

How do you find out what motivates them? Ask them! Often their needs are simple and easily implemented.

For more ideas on how to motivate, retain and recruit nurses, contact me.

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