Nurse Retention Strategies
Preventing nurse burnout isn’t a single-faceted pursuit. To determine the best strategies for your healthcare facility, you’ll have to take a step back from the day-to-day rigmarole, and take a fresh look at the processes, practices, and standards instilled amongst your workforce.
If you’re struggling with nurse retention, you can influence change by promoting gratitude, nurturing a work-life balance amongst your nursing staff, building a thriving colleague culture, and leading by example; we promote all of these influential facets in LeAnn Thieman’s unique SelfCare for HealthCare™ program.
Nursing is a difficult career. We’re too often overworked, and we work for long inflexible hours. In addition, we have to face illness and death every day. It’s easy to feel blue about our work, and we too often forget that the core purpose of nursing is care. Our nurses provide care for patients. That’s honorable, and it should feel fulfilling and rewarding. When we express gratitude for our caretakers, we acknowledge their impact and the positivity they bring to the world.
Nurture Work-Life Balance
Our personal lives should be a priority over our work lives. Unfortunately, those priorities can flip for caretakers in the field of nursing. Healthcare facilitators need to take strides to ensure that nurses are cared for and treated properly. We need to promote a work-life balance.
For your facility, that may mean hiring a few more caretakers to provide a more flexible schedule. It may mean extended breaks. It may mean longer lunches. It may mean more paid time off. Whatever the solution, nurturing a work-life balance for your nurses ensures that they can care for themselves, as well as others.
Build a Culture
Again, there’s no single, black-and-white way to build a positive culture amongst caretakers, yet, a positive culture is so important for the morale of your group of caretakers. Building a culture could be as simple as hosting lunches once per week. It could be a monthly party. It might mean starting a book club. Regardless of how you choose to build culture, always be sure to lead by example!
Lead by example! It’s an old adage, but it holds true. If you’re a leader, and don’t embody positivity in your work, you’re doing your team a disservice. Bring passion and positivity to your role. Take care of yourself. Practice a work-life balance. Be part of your team’s culture. Show that you care for your colleagues, and lead by example!
Count on SelfCare for Healthcare!
SelfCare for HealthCare provides a year-long program. LeAnn joins with your staff to deliver inspirational speeches and meet the staff. All participants in the program receive the SelfCare for HealthCare book, an interactive motivational reading. Participants also receive weekly motivational emails from LeAnn.
Participants grow to work with each other and engage in activities together. Since SelfCare for HealthCare is a year long program, it provides lasting results for your nursing and caregiving staff. Curious, or ready to get started? Get in touch with LeAnn to learn more!