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Keep Your Nurses Healthy…and Retain Them

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 23rd, 2011

Visiting hospitals and doing recruitment and retention events has taught me a lot about how to retain staff. Those organizations that provide employee wellness programs have less turnover, healthier staff, and lower costs.

2009 Mercer study reports 34% of companies with 500 employees or more offer healthcare onsite or near their facility. As a result, workers maintain better overall health, and each company sees an increase in productivity with a decrease in healthcare costs.

The American Journal for Preventative Medicine reports that employers can see a return of $3 to $6 for each dollar spent over two to five years on employee health strategies.

Employee health screening show that disease management is working. The employees’ cholesterol levels are down, blood sugar levels in diabetics improve and employees are healthier overall. There is also a reduction in the overall cost for providing employee health care. Some report a 20 percent reduction in overall health insurance costs per employee.

Do you have an employee wellness program at your facility? How can you add or improve it to care for your staff and retain them?

To learn more about how to care for, recruit, and retain your staff, contact me.

One response to “Keep Your Nurses Healthy…and Retain Them”

  1. Cil Burke says:

    Though taking 30 minutes daily for some sort of exercise is allowed, not many do it. I exercise before work because I rarely have time to do this at work-too busy.

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