I know that salary is a definate issue here -- especially now that we are offering sign on bonus perks. We are finding (understandably so) that some of our loyal, long term nurses are less than tickled to orient and precept the new kid who is making more than they are (with the bonus figured in etc.)
Not only is salary an issue, but insurance coverage and co-pay is a huge issue here. I have worked in other hosps where an employee could go to the ED, the lab, x-ray, pharmacy etc and get greatly reduced costs for tx ( or even have just the insurance coverage be accepted as payment for services) -- here, the premiums just keep going up and seems that the service doesn't correlate.
I believe that there is a huge issue r/t appreciation and valuing loyalty and committment too!! I am looking for ways to let our long-term staffers know how much I appreciate them!! They certainly are a huge help for my job (staff development) They are invaluable resources, calming factors, EXCELLENT care givers and truly fabulous folks!! Any creative ideas r/t how we can honor them?! I have a miniscule budget, so I have to be really creative -- any suggestions?!