How to Stop Unhappy Nurses From Leaving
If most nurses want to advance their educations but are unhappy at work, it makes sense for nurse leaders to do everything in their power to help their current employees achieve their educational goals.
That might mean implementing onsite educational courses and programs; working with nurses on flexible scheduling options so they can better balance work and school; teaching nurses about avenues to certification; and offering tuition reimbursement.
By helping nurses advance their educations, hospitals will likely make nurses feel more valued and supported at work. And if nurses have a choice between working at a hospital that incentivizes educational advancement or one that doesn't, which one do you think they'd choose?
Surveys like these can sometimes feel like simply a snapshot of what nurses are thinking at a given time. It might be hard to glean any real takeaways from pages filled with numbers and percentages.
But nurse leaders who are willing to dig deeper, connect the dots, and make changes will be the ones whose nurses are happy, productive, and who stick around for a while.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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