I am a nurse in LTC. Our facility has a fairly stable staff. There are several things that I hear from the staff as to why they stay.
1. The top management is finding ways to say thank you: free lunch for day shift, dinner for pms, and breakfast for nocs. This has happened when we had a good survey. We have "Spirit Days" when the staff can dress in a more casual manner: depending on what we are celebrating, baseball, football, spring,etc.
2. On my unit I use carbonless copy memos. This way when someone has done something I noticed, I give the individual one and I have one in my book so when it comes time for evaluation, I have documentation. If what the person has done is more noteworthy, I include a pack of Post-it Notes. Our district nurses association was selling them. They are nurse oriented.
I make sure I listen to what other departments are saying about my staff because I am not there 24 hours a day.
If our staffing is not at it's usual high level, I pitch in. I do not take a whole assignment, but I make beds and get a couple peole up if it is a CNA that we are down. I have stayed and helped to the early med pass for pms. I do not have to do this regularly, but my staff knows I am willing to help out.
I have an open door policy so if there is a problem my staff has learned that I will listen and do as much as I can for them. I feel it is so important that the staff know that YOU care, and YOU will follow through on their behalf.
Good Luck, I hope I have helped.