How are hospitals incentivizing staff nurses to stay vs. becoming a travel nurse?
They aren't. That's the whole problem.
They aren’t. Hence why I’m here on this app :)
They absolutely aren’t. I feel like a jackass making $41 an hour while the the travel nurses I work with are making five and six times that much. Who do they think is training these travelers?? Nurses are quitting and getting rehired on the same floor as a travel nurse and then easier assignments. This is the breakdown of the American healthcare system.
The only way to increase retaining nurses is to pay them what they are worth, which is usually 3 times the money they are getting paid, and keep patient to nurse ratios 5:1 on regular floors, and 1:1 patient to nurse ratios on Specialty floors, ie... ICU,CCU, etc... without making excuses, no exceptions. Period. That is the only way you will retain nurses, And the only thing that Administrators won't do. That's why Healthcare facilities are always in the same situation, a revolving door of non-experienced employees!
I think it depends on your organization. I will admit that since I started working for John Hopkins Medicine, they have been strongly showing attempts to appreciate their staff. They have done raises, gifts, spotlights/recognition, and have multiple support options such as meditation meetups and town halls. They also bring all staff to the table instead of select groups. Money definitely does not seem to be the primary driver in the decision process which is amazing. Comparing to a prior organization this is a monumental improvement in helping staff feel valuable and important for our mission. The staff are overwhelmingly happy and feel satisfied. I have worked agency and have also been permanent staff in prior positions throughout the region for other organizations.
Yes they give us more cold Pizza ! 😬
They aren’t. You have to make the change and find an employer that honors your values and meets the criteria of what you think is a fulfilling job for you.
They aren't....They should increase staff pay, improve benefits....especially the insurance! The insurance for health insurance has been awful and expensive.....travelers get very good insurance free! Nurses want good health insurance....
Not. I find myself working with many from my local county in a hospital 90-120 minute drive. At the same time the local hospital hires travel nurses-you guessed it- from the county where I get travel pay.
I have seen very small attempts they offered xtra money for shifts but only if you Lou requirements so if you had an illness and picked up xtra you got the regular amount while others got the double time. Bonuses but they were very small. Generally not enough when a traveler with3 years ,experience no acls or Tele skills or specialty skills is getting 4 to 5 times my base. These travelers are trying to sign and get a ten year rate for their salary when they haven’t the chops to do the work.
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Well to me, it’s pretty obvious that they are not their pay remains relatively low, there is no mention from them of how it is important for you to keep your nursing skills in your community, and that they will recognize this and offer an incentive to you example a sign on bonus otherwise I haven’t seen any kind of incentive when I am ready again I will go back to traveling
To Vanessa- stravekers don’t need training
Good for you and your organization