I need some input...am going to a MANDATORY staff meeting tomarrow on nursing retention issues! we need some ideas on how to retain nurses without ANY monetary incentives! no , i'm not joking! I NEED YOUR HELP!
May 20, '02
DITTO to all the above! I especially like the idea of putting into place "family friendly" hours for nurses to work. It is always BEST to hire nurses to the shifts that THE NURSE deems best for her/him and her/his family, and not according to the hospital's need irregardless of the nurse's request to work a certain shift. Put nurses who love nights on nights, those who love evenings on evenings, and those who love days on days. Have a "weekend staff" in every hospital to allow Monday thru Friday nurses to have every weekend off. Nurses who wish to split and switch shifts should be allowed. As long as the shifts are covered, what should the hospital care which nurse is working? Hospitals need to get on the ball about building on-site child care centers for their staff AND staff that center 24/7 since hospital round the clock care requires staff to man the units 24/7. Why are hospitals so slow in implementing this very crucial necessity today? Perhaps if the hospital admins viewed their staff as human beings with a life and needs beyond staffing their hospitals, these implementations would become a priority and not just a budget thing with them. It cost to have a stable and secure staff. It cost to have a committed staff. It cost to run a business period, so administration needs to stop sitting on the fence and jump into their businesses wholeheartedly and try to do whatever it takes to stay up and running with staff that patients and their family members are proud to call a great place to be hospitalized if they have to be.
Last edit by live4today on May 20, '02