It would help where I work. Maybe I'll suggest it. Our administration has never done anything for those of us that have been there a while.
May 5, '02
My hospital recently hired a nurse for retention purposes. I think it's going to be a great help. She started by passing out a questionaire asking what we'd like to see changed. Then she compiled a list of "issues" and gave us the feedback. She has been in this position less than six months and I already see great things coming from this. We got a 3% increase on top of our annual merit increases (salary was the #1 issue). For nurses week so far, they have been awesome. The gifts have been ten times nicer than last year and there have been several dinners. They are offering inservices throughout the week and issuing CEU's with each. The greatest thing that has come from all this is that nurses feel they actually have a say in what goes on AND they feel they have someone in administration on their side. It's still early to tell how this affects actual retention, though.