Nurse Retention

I often find articles about recruiting and retaining nurses to be irrelevant to our work, because they generally miss the major issues we face. However, I just read an article from Hospital & Health Networks, and I think it makes some excellent points. I especially like their 9 Principles to Foster Staff Retention:
1. Respectful collegial communication and behavior

  • Team orientation
  • Presence of trust
  • Respect for diversity

2. Communication-rich culture

  • Clear and respectful
  • Open and trusting

3. A culture of accountability

  • Role expectations are clearly defined
  • Everyone is accountable

4. The presence of adequate numbers of qualified nurses

  • Ability to provide quality care to meet client/patient needs
  • Work and home life balance

5. The presence of expert, competent, credible, visible leadership

  • Serve as an advocate for nursing practice
  • Support shared decision-making
  • Allocate resources to support nursing

6. Shared decision-making at all levels

  • Nurses participate in system, organizational and process decisions
  • Formal structure exists to support shared decision-making
  • Nurses have control over their practice

7. The encouragement of professional practice and continued growth/ development

  • Continuing education/certification is supported/encouraged
  • Participation in professional association encouraged
  • An information-rich environment is supported

8. Recognition of the value of nursing's contribution

  • Reward and pay for performance
  • Career mobility and expansion

9. Recognition of nurses for their meaningful contribution to the practice [Nurse Retention: An Executive's Guide to Keeping One of Your Hospital's Most Valuable Resources]