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Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say

Make Nurses Happy, Some Hospitals Say

Kaiser Permanente offers nurses (and other employees) concierge services to help with dinner reservations, car repairs, mailing packages and dry cleaning pickup, among other services.

Linda Childers | Monster Contributing Writer

Despite the nursing shortage, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, has no problem attracting a steady steam of job candidates.

“We’ve never offered nurses a sign-on bonus,” says Kathy Franz, the hospital’s director of human resources. “Sign-on bonuses typically keep nurses in their jobs for two years. Our goal is to attract candidates who want to work here for other reasons.”

Among those reasons are a supportive corporate culture, flexible shifts, numerous opportunities for upward mobility and benefits that include a matching 401k, onsite child care and tuition reimbursement.

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    dansdoodles

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I liked the article, and going to give it to my supervisor. Dont know if will go anywhere from there, but have to start somewhere. I work in a hospital that at first was different from others, they seemed to really care about their nurses. But something has changed, and doesnt feel the same anymore, We are understaffed(as I know others are too), but when you come on a shift and you are to get an assignment of 7 patients and the shift is still young and more admitts are coming, how do you keep the SPIRIT UP? I have tried talking to my superiors and no resulfs, yet. I love being a nurse, but am FRIED. Any suggestions from out there?

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    yneone

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I work in the Administrative Offices of a public health facility. This is a very good article, very creative ideas. Love it! I especially like the comments made by (you) nurses. Nice to hear a different perspective. In public health, we have much less resources and a budget that barely meets demand. It is nice to hear about what really appeals to you. i have forwarded this link to all of the Division Managers because I think this will give them insight to what we might possibly do differently. It is so hard attracting clients to work in Public Health. We are in dire need of Public Health Nurses.

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    justinenursing

    about 6 years ago

    238 comments

    I think that this is trully a blessing. when was the last time someone in vp gave flowers to u. I gess for me it's the little things that count, I haveing worked in the medical field for some time know and I know first hand it is hard to find a job where you can fell appreciated.

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    tdjrn

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I beleive management need to be able to look at all of us as humans , show a little respect, and maybea pat on the back a little more often. Signings bonuses are nice , but I feel a good thank you can go along way. They just need to make us feel appreciated.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I reread what I posted theala and I said, although flowers etc are nice, they certainly are not necessary and could care less about them

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    vickielee1970

    about 6 years ago

    806 comments

    As with most of you, a card on my birthday means little as do flowers. Making it easier for me to deal with the daily stress we all encounter and giving me a positive work environment, those are the perks we all would appreciate. I work for public health and although we have our problems, the reason I have stayed at my present job for 11 years is the family atmosphere our health district has always tried to promote. We encourage each other, we grieve with each other and we stand together. My work takes up a large chunk of my life, therefore many of my friends are work friends. These men and women have been instrumental in my sucess. They have had my back. I had theirs. I could never put a price tag on the advice and encouragement I have received. I have raised a daughter, survived bumps in my marriage, faced losing both parents, going back to school and so many day to day obstacles with these people. Our relationships at work can either enrich or sour our lives. A company that encourages us to enrich our lives and relationships will always have loyal employees. Finally someone has an idea that works!

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    theala

    about 6 years ago

    418 comments

    Char, that's a great idea for that agency. Visits puts a lot of wear and tear on a car. I drove a car delivering pizzas when I was in college. I drove it into the ground.

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    DaMomb

    about 6 years ago

    1244 comments

    I'm sending this article to my supervisor. I know it'll probably stop there, but it's worth a shot. I think this company has the fast track to success for nurses cornered! Finally, someone who listens!

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    charlita

    about 6 years ago

    2976 comments

    This is a wonderful way to attract nurses and to keep them. I recently posted an article on a local Home Health agency that is furnishing it's nurses with a brand new car for their home visits for as long as they are employed. They also pay for the maintemance of the car. I think this is a wonderful incentive.

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    theala

    about 6 years ago

    418 comments

    That's how to retain nurses. Make them feel valued, and listen to them. Help them make living in the 21st century easier while working long, hard shifts. dmazement: well, the flowers and cards mean less to me than the effort of the CEO and VP of Nursing actually making a real effort to connect with staff. How many CEO's come into the hospital EVERY Christmas? The CEO of the last hospital I worked for required EVERY employee to work part of Christmas Day. That made things hard on empolyees who had to travel to visit family on Christmas, including me as I have a 5 hour drive so Christmas was a bust for me. The CEO and managers got to spend the entire day with family, or travel if they wished. Employees were not allowed to take vacation.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I think it's about time, facilities actually realize to retain nurses is to create a healthy work environment, excellent retirement and insurance benefits, flexible shifts, tuition reimbursement and for those with children onsite child care. I could care less about flowers, birthday cards etc, although nice is not necessary to me.

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