To Retain Your Nurses…Simply Thanks Them

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 30th, 2010

“One of the main causes of burnout is a loss of reciprocity in social interactions. In other words, we have to give much more than we give back.” Peter Richter

Often the best recognition is not related to compensation. A personal thank you card or simply saying “nice job” can a log way in retaining a good nurse. It’s important however that the feedback happens immediately.

Some hospitals have a quarterly review to evaluate the growth of the nurse, where they have improved from the previous quarter, where they still need improvement, and if any compensation changes need to be made based on the nurse’s progress. This is another great opportunity to acknowledge the compassionate and competent care they give. Many hospitals also have Nurse of the Month, Nurse of the Unit, along with the celebration of Nurses’ Week each year.

Thanking nurses is one of the best retention tools, plus it doesn’t have to cost a dime.

To learn more ways to recruit and retain nurses, contact me.

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