There are several different factors that play on a hospital's ability to retain nursing staff members, said Donald Zamora
, director of employee relations for Stabler Hospital.Zamora
holds a Masters degree in the science of nursing.First, of course, is pay, said Zamora
.The amount of money that a nurse gets paid plays a big part.Then there is the physician interaction-we happen to have a very good group of doctors here that get along well with our nurses..Zamora
indicated that work environment plays a large role, as well.We are probably in better shape where that is concerned than other hospitals, he
said.Across the nation, and actually throughout the world there is a drastic shortage of registered nurses, and it do not seem to be getting any better, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study.JAMA predicts that by 2010, more than 40 percent of the nursing work force will be over the age 50 and that by 2020, the RN work force will fall short of demand by 20 percent.
says that the cross-training helps people maintain their level of income, as well.If one department has a lower patient count, then fewer nurses are required, he
said.By being able to go to another department and fill in a void, the employee does not experience a cut-back in hours..Zamora
also said that the level of care has not been compromised.We have had to become more innovative and creative with our recruiting and retention policies, he
said.We are advertising in local, regional and specialized publications for recruitment purposes..We are advertising now in the Alabama Nurse mail-out brochure.It gets sent to approximately 65, 000 nurses in the state of Alabama, Zamora said.We will also continue to go to area nursing schools to recruit, Bass said.Each school has a different time of year when students graduate, so we have had to stay active where that is concerned..