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How to Hold On To Your Top Nurses

Published: June 19, 2017

POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE Understanding what matters most to your staff helps ensure they remain happy and satisfied.

Do you want to make sure your all-star nurses never wonder what it'd be like to work elsewhere? Dedicate yourself to becoming a better leader and get out from behind your desk to constantly connect with every member of your team.

That's the advice of researchers who polled 279 nurses at Baptist Health in Lexington, Ky., about the factors that would make them stick around in their current roles. The survey results, which were published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, show nurses want leaders who engage with their workers, are visible in the trenches, know and appreciate what they go through on a daily basis, and provide them with the resources they need to succeed.

"Administrators who lead from the front are highly valued among staff nurses," says study lead author Andrew Bugajski, RN, BSN, a research consultant for Baptist Health Lexington. "They like leaders who are actively present along the front lines of care."

Interesting, the leadership traits nurses look for in leaders did not differ among the millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers who responded to the survey. "That surprised us," says Mr. Bugajski. "It shows that nurses of all ages like to be treated the same."

Retaining top-performing nurses is becoming paramount as the nation's healthcare facilities continue to struggle with mounting staffing shortages. "There's a push in the college setting for students to get an undergraduate degree, and then immediately achieve a higher degree," says Mr. Bugajski. "There isn't as much of an emphasis placed on remaining at the bedside to become a clinical expert. Experience nowadays is an immeasurable quality."

Daniel Cook

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