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To Retain Nurses…Make ’em Laugh!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 22nd, 2010

A simple, no-cost, effective retention tool is laughter! People love to come to work in a place that is joyful. Certainly there are many settings and situations in a nurse’s work assignments that are not happy. These must be respected and handled appropriately. Yet there are many times where a little mirth can ease the stress.

Science has proven that laughter increases endorphins, the production of cancer killing cells, and boosts your immune system. It truly is the best medicine. Recent research has shown that even smiling releases chemicals in the brain that improves moods.

So smile, chuckle, and laugh a little. It will boost moods, productivity and nurse retention!

When I speak at hospitals to help with nurse recruitment and retention, I suggest the creat a laughter bulletin board or cupboard front. One unit took my advice and all brought their prom pictures! Now that was funny!

What do you do to create laughter at work. Add a comment to share.

To learn more ways to bring laughter to the workplace,  contact me.

2 responses to “To Retain Nurses…Make ’em Laugh!”

  1. Great post, with applicability to office environments as well. Managers, take note!

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