Nurses even joke that sick patients are "job security". We have so many roles we are very "valuable". Everything from admitting patients, assisting physicians, charting, discharging, administering medications...and the list goes on FOREVER.
One nurse confessed to me during a nursing convention that " I was recently given a $6,000 sign-on bonus from the hospital that I work for, but as soon as my one year commitment is up, i'm outta there. Hospitals could care less about their employees these days and if the hospital isn't making a lot of money, then they will drop you like a hot potato. I am only as loyal to them as they are to me, sadly they are never loyal to anyone".
Unfortunately, a lot of nurses feel this way these days, and they have good reason to. Hospitals don't seem to really care about their employees, instead they focus on recruiting and quantity. The problem is, the more they focus on recruitment, the more they neglect the nurses they have already hired and as soon as these nurses meet their sign-on bonus requirements, they make a mad dash for their car and never return. I can't say that I blame them. There are really some wonderful Nurses that truly need to be appreciated.
Hospitals are now beginning to realize that retention of good employees is key. Treating people like human beings goes a long way. This is a difficult concept for many hospitals who have the corporate mentality. But change is on the horizon. Some hospitals are creating an environment of commitment to their employees. Positive reinforcement, sharing successful ideas with ALL the staff and recognizing and rewarding exceptional staff members.
Does your facility treat you well? If so, what kinds of things can you point out that you feel make a difference in your work day, and whether you stay or go?
If your facility doesn't have positive initiatives in place, you can tell us about that too?