I manage a 28 bed rehabilitation unit with a 6 bed acute stroke unit in Brisbane Australia.It is a great unit with happy staff. As many of you will agree rehabilitation nursing is a very special field of nursing and brings great rewards, however we are having problems attracting new staff.Rehab nursing in Australia sometimes has an unfair reputation as being boring. I wonder if anyone has any strategies to market rehab nursing or for the retention of our nurses.
We try to be as dynamic as possible, offer education opportunities,encourage research, encourage team participation and offer support to re entry nurses etc.
Once nurses work in rehab, they quickly find they like it, but it is difficult to attract them in the first place.
What do you think? Do other countries have a similar problem?
Thank you .