H&HN (January 05) once again addresses Nurse Retention and includes an Executive's Guide to Keeping One of your Hospital's Most Valuable Resources pullout section. The section highlights nine principles and elements of a helpful practice and work environment, and no surprise is principle number 4 "The presence of adequate numbers of qualified nurses" an its element "work and home life balance."
The guide, which is compiled from nurse retention liturature, notes that for hospitals having successfully implemented retention programs, "the trick seems to be in providing good working environments and professional development and to accomodate individual lifestyles."
It goes on to state that, "the stresses of the job can be compounded by responsibilities outside of the workplace. Hospitals are doing what they can to support nurses on a personal level, which is where creativity mostly comes into play. From concierge services that help nurses with errands to day care to flexible scheduling, hospitals are doing whatever it takes to allow nurses to focus on their work and keep them in their jobs for years to come."