Avoid Vacancies with Effective Nurse Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 2nd, 2015

Some hospitals are having a difficult time filling empty physician and nurse slots, which makes effective nurse retention a priority for hospitals.

As the recession eases, things continue to improve from an employment standpoint; people have more options and are making changes in their professional lives. This affects vacancies in nursing since many nurses are the second wage earners in a household.

Vacant Nurse PositionsThe improved economy can create turnover, and the resulting vacancy rate is exacerbated by the shortage of experienced nurses. While there is an abundance of new nursing school grads, hospitals need to make sure the staff is balanced by experienced nurses. The shortage of experienced nurses, especially in specialties like operating room or labor of delivery, leads to more nurse vacancies.

That’s why it is important to focus on retention. One of the best ways to lower vacancy rates is to keep employees in their positions.

Since vacancy rates will likely continue to increase, hospitals need to start thinking 5-10 years down the road. Creating a positive environment where nurses feel cared for is the best nurse retention tool. Check out SelfCare for HealthCareand contact me today to explore this program for your facility.

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