I am thrilled to finally have a bit of bandwidth at my disposal now that I am laying over in the Amsterdam airport. So just a quickie for you before my flight boards for Washington--this from our colleagues in the EMS community. EMS Magazine had an article on employee retention in their October 2007 edition (updated in July 2008), and I thought it was interesting how many of their suggestions apply to us, as well.

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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, not all sustainability issues are about money. Some of them are about staffing. Keeping good people on your roster is one of the biggest challenges for many programs; staff turnover is high in this line of work. So how can we effectively maintain our numbers and stave off the burnout that so frequently contributes to this problem? Here are some suggestions to consider:

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Trust me when I tell you that this will be the 1st of many conversations we're going to have about recruitment here at the Sustainability blog. Although I wouldn't call myself an expert on the subject, I would say that I have learned quite a bit in the 2 years since this project was born. One of the most important thing I have learned is this: all the literature out there on nursing recruitment (and retention, for that matter), really doesn't apply. For relevant information you need to look to the volunteer literature.
 

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