Survey: Media and Public Hail Them as Heroes, But Nurses Sense a Disconnect

Survey: Media and Public Hail Them as Heroes, But Nurses Sense a Disconnect

Chances are you’ve seen and read more positive portrayals of nursing in the news media since the start of the pandemic than in years past. Recall those days at the start of the pandemic when nurses and other healthcare providers were hailed as heroes, and the country was counting on nursing, as part of an overwhelmed healthcare system, to help see it through a terrifying plague.

Now, a new survey confirms that nurses feel the portrayal of nursing has become more positive. Of 1,000 nurses surveyed on behalf of healthcare staffing firm connectRN, 63% said that nurses were portrayed more positively in the media now than before the pandemic (55%).

Yet, other results of that survey highlight rather distressing views from nurses. For one thing, 85% of the surveyed nurses said they felt misunderstood by the general public. And, perhaps more disturbing, 47% said that the biggest misconception about nurses is that their job is “easy” compared to other healthcare professionals.Ted Jeanloz, connectRN CEO.

“There’s a big disconnect between what they feel bedside and how they think the public is perceiving them,” said connectRN CEO Ted Jeanloz in an interview. “I think a big part of it is the isolation of the last two years. Hospitals have not been a place where visitors are generally allowed. Nurses have much less interaction than they used to. I think there’s much more social isolation as a result of COVID protocols and other things that are weighing on the mental health of the field.”

What’s more, some 83%  of respondents said that nurses are underrecognized for what they do as front-line workers.

“I think the survey was largely in line with what we hear every day from the nurses who choose to work with us and then elect to use our platform,” said Jeanloz. “The findings were not inconsistent with what we’ve heard from nurses who certainly feel underappreciated.” Of the nurses surveyed, over three-quarters were employed full-time. Some 63% were RNs and 37% were certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

connectRN offers a staffing app that enables nurses and other clinicians to take extra shifts in other facilities. Some 125,000 users are on the platform.

Higher pay, better staffing ratios needed

To make nursing more bearable, nurses in the survey cited higher pay (41%) and smaller nurse-to-patient ratios (23%). “Unfortunately,” said Jeanloz, “we’ve seen situations over the last six months to a year where hospitals and facilities are offsetting higher pay with higher ratios. So the hospital bottom line is coming through okay, but the nursing job is actually getting even harder than it already was. And that’s been a real source of frustration for a lot of our nurses.”

The need for actions to be taken to make the profession more bearable and more attractive is supported by recent nursing employment figures. An analysis of nurse employment in Health Affairs published in January 2022 found that growth in the RN workforce plateaued during the first 15 months of the COVID pandemic.

New data, according to Health Affairs Forefront, covering the entirety of 2021, showed the total supply of RNs decreased by more than 100,000 in one year. The authors say that is a far greater drop than observed over the past four decades. Of even greater alarm, the decrease stemmed not as much from RNs older than age 50 but rather primarily from younger RNs, the authors say.

Still rewarding

On a bright note, 66% of the respondents described their career as rewarding; 41% said it was joyful. Almost three-quarters (79%) said that the healthcare workers they work with daily often make them feel supported and 40% said they feel the most appreciation from their patients.

By and large, notes Jeanloz, nurses love nursing. Paradoxically, that can lead to a problem of its own. “We put incredible demands on people because we know they love what they do. And as a society we take advantage of that. And this is a moment where it doesn’t surprise me at all that nurses say they love what they do. We’ve known that for a long time. The question is, how can we love them back and how can we give them what they deserve in that model?”

Lauder Donates $125 Mil for Tuition-Free Program to Recruit and Deploy NPs in Underserved Communities

Lauder Donates $125 Mil for Tuition-Free Program to Recruit and Deploy NPs in Underserved Communities

This fall, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) is launching the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program, which will recruit and prepare a diverse cadre of expert nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide primary care to individuals and families in underserved communities across the U.S.

Largest gift ever

The $125 million donation by Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estee Lauder Companies, to create this first-of-its-kind, tuition-free Program is the largest gift ever to an American nursing school. Mr. Lauder is a Penn alumnus. The gift comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the nation’s acute shortage of primary care providers, and persisting inequities in access to quality healthcare.

“This is the most timely and consequential gift not only for our university but for our country. It is unprecedented in its potential to address America’s most critical need of providing primary health care to all who currently lack it by investing in nurses,” said former Penn President Amy Gutmann.

“Growing the number of nurse practitioners who are prepared and committed to working in underserved areas is the most practical and inspiring way to ensuring a healthier country. I am grateful and honored that Leonard would make this gift to Penn Nursing, and thrilled to know that it will have an immediate impact that will last far into the future.”

Nurse practitioners are leaders on the front lines of care, a role never more important as Americans confront a primary healthcare shortage in their communities. With their advanced clinical training and graduate education, nurse practitioners have the knowledge and skill to supervise and manage critical aspects of care in a decision-making capacity, from patient diagnosis, to ordering and interpreting tests, to prescribing medication. Nurse practitioners deliver high-quality primary care to people of all ages, such as treating common illnesses, managing chronic conditions, and providing preventive care that helps patients stay healthy.

Nurse practitioners are also able to take on key leadership roles, from managing and operating walk-in or community clinics to leading interdisciplinary teams within health systems. The new Program will better the lives of patients and communities most in need, while providing a pathway for the many nurses interested in advanced education who may not otherwise have the means to pursue it.

The Program

  • Structure: Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Fellows will enroll full-time in a two-year, rigorous Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Penn Nursing.
  • Community Practice: Fellows will complete at least 50 percent of their clinical education at community partner sites in the greater Philadelphia area that provide direct patient care, an invaluable experience that will prepare Fellows to meet the complex needs of patients and families throughout their careers. Every Fellow will be expected to commit to practice or service in an underserved community for two years after graduation.
  • Recruitment: Penn Nursing will select 10 Fellows to begin classes this fall, growing the program enrollment through 2026 when it will reach its annual target enrollment of 40 Fellows, continuing in perpetuity. By 2027, the program will have enrolled 140 excellent nurse practitioner students. Fellows will need to show a demonstrated commitment to working in underserved neighborhoods, where they are needed most, and to promoting health equity.
  • Tuition: All participants in the program will enter the workforce free of graduate school debt, receiving student aid to cover their tuition and fees and thereby eliminating any potential financial barriers for nurses and others who wish to enroll. Fellows with greater financial need will also receive stipends to help with living expenses.
  • Program Leadership: Penn Nursing will name the first endowed Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Professor, who will oversee curriculum innovation, support of community sites, and program implementation.
  • Penn Community Partnership: Penn Nursing will provide support for select community partner sites to support the clinical education of Fellows while providing professional development and networking opportunities and access to School and University resources.

“Penn Nursing has a long history of advancing science, promoting equity, practice excellence, and preparing leaders. That’s why Mr. Lauder’s gift is so meaningful. The synergy between Penn Nursing and the Program will improve the health of underserved patients and families, by uniquely preparing primary care nurse practitioners, who will work with them in their communities. The sustained investment in the education and careers of primary care nurse practitioners and communities is unprecedented. We are excited by the opportunity to lead this important Program and to extend its impact beyond Penn Nursing,” says Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Lauder for recognizing and investing in this critical need, and for partnering with us in this ambitious endeavor.”

NPs are “key” to health care in underserved communities

Stephen P. Fera, Executive Vice President of Independence Blue Cross, which is one of the community partners that will be involved in the new initiative, noted that nurse practitioners are key to improving individual and community care. Said Fera: “Bolstering the nurse practitioner workforce is a means to improve access to care and strengthen the health care safety net provided by health centers. This is a key priority of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and our partnership with Penn Nursing has been synergistic in efforts to prepare nurses to work in community-based settings. The Program will build and strengthen our individual and collective efforts toward improving the health and well-being of communities.”

“Now more than ever, the country needs greater and more equitable access to quality primary care—and highly-skilled nurse practitioners are the key to making that happen,” said Leonard A. Lauder. “The program will ensure that more Americans receive the essential health care services that everyone deserves, and I’m so pleased to be working with Penn Nursing on this initiative. I look forward to welcoming our first class of future nurse practitioners this fall. I know their expertise will be matched only by their commitment to serving our communities.”

How to Differentiate Your Nursing Program to Attract the Right Prospects

How to Differentiate Your Nursing Program to Attract the Right Prospects

Despite the burden placed on nurses during the pandemic, applications to nursing programs are up. Many millennials seek careers in nursing, looking to fill the vacated positions as baby boomers retire and today’s nurses leave healthcare due to burnout.

In fact, there aren’t enough seats to meet the increase in applications. And today’s nurses aren’t stopping with an associate’s degree. Continuing education is the norm as more and more nurses seek opportunities requiring bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The students are out there, and they’re looking for your program. So how do they find you?

You’ve got your marketing plan in place and your target defined — but so do all the other nursing programs. How do you convince prospects that yours is the right program for them?

Here are three ways to differentiate your program from the others to attract the right prospects.

Build an Authentic Brand

Your brand isn’t just your program logo and tagline; it’s a representation of who you are and how you want prospects to view you. A consistent and memorable brand distinguishes your program from the competition, clarifies what you have to offer, and builds not just a reputation but a connection with prospects that share your values. An authentic brand builds relationships.

What’s important to your program? Social consciousness, community outreach, clinical research, diversity, partnering with outstanding clinical organizations? Share what you value in your marketing. Make your values part of your brand. The right students will find you.

Develop a Well-Rounded Digital Presence

Today, your digital presence is as important as brochures and tours were in past generations. As many as 79% of millennials are on social media daily, and not just a single platform. Millennials use Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, and TikTok. They communicate online, shop online, and are comfortable working and taking classes online.

Meet them where they’re at.

Building a broad, diverse digital presence ensures your brand gets in front of as many digitally-savvy recruits as possible and shows that your program wasn’t left behind in the digital revolution.

Promote Your Strengths and Accomplishments

The curriculum may be similar from program to program, but what your organization does with it isn’t. Highlight your program’s strengths, accomplishments, special organizations, and activities. Celebrate your students’ successes. Standing out from the rest can be done by shining a light on all that makes your program unique. Your digital presence is the perfect place to share stories, press releases, awards, and special events.

Attract Tomorrow’s Students Today

Tomorrow’s nurses are out there looking for a program just like yours. Make today count. Build your brand and celebrate your program authentically and frequently in the digital arena your prospects use every day.


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New Study Examines Economic Impact of Covid on the Nursing Work Force

New Study Examines Economic Impact of Covid on the Nursing Work Force

A new study shows that the labor market for the nursing workforce tightened throughout the first 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a period marked by falling employment and rising wages across the health care industry.

The paper, “Nurse Employment During the First 15 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” funded by The Johnson & Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is in the January issue of the journal Health Affairs. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Current Population Survey, the study identified and described the immediate economic impact of the pandemic on registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants across the U.S. from April 2020 through June 2021.

Dr. Peter Buerhaus, Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing.

Dr. Peter Buerhaus, MSU Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing.

The authors found that the pandemic has had dramatic impacts on health care delivery organizations and the nurse workforce they employ.

“There has been so much written about the pandemic’s impacts on nurses, but this is the first analysis of the economic impacts using national data,” said Peter Buerhaus, the paper’s lead author, a professor in Montana State University’s Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing and director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies.

Although the research team focused on the nursing workforce, the results also shed light on overall employment in major sectors of health care delivery. Overall employment throughout health care delivery systems – including hospitals, outpatient facilities, home health care agencies, physician offices, and nursing homes – experienced an “unprecedented” decline after the COVID-19 virus was identified and began spreading throughout the country.

But as employment gradually resumed in most settings, the health care labor market shifted. Overall employment in hospitals, home health, and physician offices had nearly bounced back to pre-pandemic levels by June 2021 with two exceptions: employment in outpatient facilities not only bounced back but exceeded pre-pandemic levels by October 2020, and nursing home employment continued a steady decline over the study period.

Nurses and the “Covid-19 Effect” on unemployment

For nurses specifically, the researchers found that in the early months of the pandemic, unemployment shot up in hospitals, physician offices, home health care, and outpatient clinics as patients canceled appointments and these organizations greatly reduced their operations. Between the first and third quarters of 2020, unemployment rates peaked. At their highest, approximately an additional 100,000 registered nurses, 25,000 licensed practical nurses and 90,000 nursing assistants were unemployed compared to pre-pandemic numbers.

The authors noted that unemployment has rarely been a problem for nurses in health care. For example, over the past several decades, the unemployment rate for RNs has rarely exceeded 1%.

“These findings are especially striking regarding the total supply of registered nurses,” Auerbach said. “We have gotten used to the workforce growing year after year – yet these data suggest we may be experiencing a plateau right now. That would have huge implications for the delivery of health care.”

Auerbach noted that nursing unemployment during the first 15 months of the pandemic varied by settings, with increases in unemployment higher in non-hospital settings.

Furthermore, unemployment spikes in the second quarter of 2020 were higher among registered nurses and nursing assistants of color than among white, non-Hispanic registered nurses and nursing assistants.

Real wage growth for the first time in a decade

In addition, the researchers found that the pandemic seems to have positively affected nurses’ earnings. After a decade of virtually no real wage growth, wage increases during the first five quarters of the pandemic were 9.5% for licensed practical nurses, 5.7% for nursing assistants, and 2% for registered nurses. Wage increases were highest in hospital settings and also higher among the lowest-paid registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants.

“These data confirm anecdotal reports of rising wages among nurses and nurse aides in response to staffing challenges in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. It’s important to note regional and state variation in these effects as the pandemic flares locally and regionally in this time period,” Donelan said.

More disruption ahead?

Looking ahead, the researchers plan to continue analyzing monthly data on the nurse workforce through 2021. The team also plans to make new projections of the supply of the registered nursing workforce through 2030, taking into account two factors that could greatly impact the registered nursing workforce in coming years: interest in nursing as a career and retirement plans of older nurses.

“Regarding entry into the nursing workforce, it is unclear whether the pandemic will lead to increased or decreased interest,” Buerhaus said. “With regard to exit from the workforce, an estimated 660,000 baby boom nurses are still working during the pandemic, the vast majority of whom are expected to retire by 2030. If substantial numbers of these older registered nurses exit the workforce earlier than they had planned, the size of the nursing workforce could decrease more quickly and disrupt nursing labor markets throughout the country.”

The exit and entry questions bear careful watching, Buerhaus added. Buerhaus’s co-authors include Douglas Staiger at Dartmouth College; David Auerbach, external adjunct faculty at MSU; Max Yates, a recent MSU graduate; and Karen Donelan of Brandeis University.

The paper is online at https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01289.

 

VA Needs Healthcare Providers for Female Vets

VA Needs Healthcare Providers for Female Vets

As the number of female Veterans has grown — tripling in just the last 20 years — VA has pivoted its care models to meet their needs. Women are the fastest growing Veteran group, accounting for about 10% of the nation’s Veterans.

At every VA medical center, designated women’s health providers coordinate care for female Veterans to ensure they receive equitable, timely care from a single primary care provider.

“Women who are assigned to a women’s health primary care provider have higher satisfaction and higher quality of gender-specific care,” said Dr. Patricia Hayes, VA’s chief consultant for women’s health services.

“They are twice as likely to choose to stay in VA care over time. That is why we are concentrating our efforts on training staff and actively recruiting additional providers with experience in women’s health care.”

Are you as committed as we are to providing the best care to the brave women who have served our country? Consider a career in women’s health at VA.

A Veteran-centered approach

You’ll be a vital part of Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs). The PACTs are centered on Veterans and include family members, caregivers and a range of health care professionals — from gynecologists to mental health providers to medical assistants.

Designated women’s health providers coordinate all care for female Veterans, including:

  • General medical care for acute or chronic illnesses.
  • Preventive care such as nutrition counseling, weight control and smoking cessation.
  • Gender-specific care such as mammograms, birth control, menopause care and more.
  • Specialty services for depression, homelessness, military sexual trauma (MST), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.

Our Women Veterans Health Program, founded in 1988, works everyday to strengthen and refine the care we provide to female Veterans.

For example, we’ve recently ramped up our support of rural health care providers, since approximately one in four female Veterans live in a rural area. This new program provides onsite women’s health training for rural primary care teams. Providers and nurses train side-by-side, receiving more than 18 hours of accredited medical training.

“Our goal at VA is to be the place where women who have proudly served their country receive excellent care in a safe, sensitive climate where they feel at home,” wrote VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Generous rewards

A wide range of benefits are available to VA primary care providers, such as:

  • A competitive starting salary based on education, training and experience.
  • Periodic pay raises that address inflation and local market changes.
  • Incentive and performance awards, including superior performance awards, special contribution awards, quality step increases, VA honor awards, non-monetary recognition and Title 38 awards.
  • Up to 49 days off, including vacation days that begin accruing immediately and sick time that doesn’t expire.
  • Premium-support group health insurance, including dental, vision and long-term care, that may become effective on the first full pay period after you start.
  • Enrollment in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security benefits, FERS basic benefits and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

You can work anywhere in the United States and its territories with one active license, and all your benefits transition with you if you move to a new facility.

Come and #WorkatVA

Bring your background in women’s health care to VA and help us serve female Veterans.

How to Incorporate National Nurses Week into Your Recruiting Strategy

How to Incorporate National Nurses Week into Your Recruiting Strategy

Learn recruitment strategies that tie in with National Nurses Week and how they can be a helpful tool in gaining quality nursing staff that you are more likely to retain. With the national nursing shortage still an issue today, recruiting new nurses for your clinical positions as well as enticing new student nurses is a top priority. How you go about recruitment can make a difference in whether potential hires choose your hospital as their place of employment.

The Importance of a Recruitment Strategy

The nursing shortage doesn’t necessarily affect your ability to find new hires. Because many hospitals have difficulty with retention, nurses are often looking for new jobs. There are also still plenty of nursing students entering the profession. The real issue is how to attract them. This is where your recruitment strategy becomes invaluable. It’s also vital to keep in mind that your retention strategy starts with your recruitment efforts. The steps you take to recruit new nurses to your program is also what will make them want to stay if you handle it properly.

According to the American Organization of Nurse Executives, a conservative estimate of the money a hospital spends indirect recruitment costs related to a turn-over is $10,000. Building a robust recruitment strategy that is backed by the same fervor of retention efforts can help eliminate the need for this expenditure.

Why National Nurses Week is the Perfect Opportunity to Utilize Your Strategy

During National Nurses Week, employers take the time to celebrate their nursing staff and recognize the hard job they have. Many times, the best recruitments strategies come down to which hospital showed they were the most invested in their employees. That’s why utilizing National Nurses Week in your recruitment strategy can be so helpful – your current employees have a lot to say in the matter.

While 70% of nurses surveyed in Nurse.com’s salary survey said that salary was of utmost importance for job satisfaction, money wasn’t everything. And salary didn’t just mean the dollars they took home. A high salary may look enticing, but cost-of-living has to be factored in as well. Indeed.com surveyed nurses as well, according to their data, scheduling flexibility and work-life balance often took priority over salary. They also reported that 26% of nurses with existing jobs say they’re contacted weekly by recruiters. Standing out from the competition is a must.

With the market as competitive as it is, healthcare organizations need to find new and unique ways to recruit potential hires. National Nurses Week allows you to highlight what makes working for your facility so outstanding. Below are some options for using this week of recognition to help recruit new talent.

Get Personal

When you begin highlighting your open positions via job boards, mass emails, and other techniques, consider the impersonal nature of such strategies. Rather than sending the same form email to all 50 candidates, personalize each with a message related to National Nurses Week. Contact them to show appreciation, maybe including a discount, freebie, or invite to an event you’re holding. You may also want to point out why they’d be a good fit, using specific reasons that stood out to you during the interview process. Tout their potential and offerings, not yours, during this exchange, and you’ll show them that you’re already a step ahead of the competition.

Show, Don’t Just Tell

Part of the promise is what comes of it. Make sure that you are following up on your promises that you make to your potential hires. Give them proof that you’ve been faithful to your word. Perhaps having special nurse week marketing materials that showcase happy employees talking about what is best about your hospital or having a coffee hour each day where a satisfied family comes in and tells about a nurse at your facility that stood out. The more good publicity you can get from happy patients and current staff, the better it looks. Of course, please don’t force it or coerce it in any way, because doing so will come out and backfire.

Let the Data Drive You

One of the smartest things you can do when it comes to hiring is to defer to the data. Not only by doing your research on how things historically go, but by collecting some data of your own. Asking your potential hires questions regarding why they did or didn’t choose your hospital, which recruitment strategy enticed them the most, and even how they prefer to find a job can all be a great source of information to help drive your recruitment strategies. Involving your potential hires and current nurses can also lead to more trust, as it creates a feeling of being heard and valued, which is a trait that many employees look for in a job.

National Nurses Week is an excellent time to implement this. Along with a note of appreciation to each nurse, include a survey with some of these questions and then a section asking how you can make their job better as well as how you can continue to show your appreciation. Consider incentivizing the return of the survey by making it anonymous or adding a gift upon completion. You can even send these surveys along to student nursing programs, giving the students a personal one-on-one invite to tour your hospital or shadow a nurse for a day. Former nursing staff in good standing could also get a survey asking why they left and letting them know you appreciate them and are remembering them during this week.

Your Existing Nursing Staff Should Not Be Overlooked

Letting your nurses know they are appreciated should be a daily occurrence, but during National Nurses Week, it can be especially helpful. Your existing nursing staff is one of the best ways to find new nurses. If they are happy, they will be more likely to recommend an open position to a friend. This is even more true for traveling nurses who may encounter unhappy employees on their journeys. Be sure to treat them just like the long-term staff and find a way to recognize them as well. Consider treating your nurses to some bonus activities during the week, such as a free meal. If you decide to have events during the week, invite the nurses’ families. And remind them how to care for themselves to maintain a positive work-life balance.

Open Your Doors to New Hires

Having an event during National Nurses Week that is part job-fair and part celebration can go a long way with nursing students and potential hires. Give them an inside look into what working for your hospital would look like. Treat each person as if you are genuinely invested in their success by helping them take steps toward getting their first program acceptance or new job. Along with inviting them in for a tour, give them a chance to meet some of the staff they would be working with, including nurses, management, and doctors. Provide a photographer that can take free headshots for their portfolios. Don’t focus on pushing your recruitment strategy and instead let each person walk away with a booklet that covers the approach along with other relevant information about your hospital. If you impress them upfront, the brochure will be the icing on the cake.

Put Out a Press Release

National Nurses Week is the perfect time to announce something new your program is offering or doing. Recently, the news was released that the US Senate vowed to strengthen academic nursing. They were strategic in announcing it during National Nurses Week. Why? Because nurses are paying attention. It’s their week of recognition, and more news comes across their desk that they might want to pay attention to between those discounts and freebie offers that also inevitably come.

Take a Page from the Book of Success

Ideas abound for how to make an impression on potential candidates. If you’re looking for fresh nursing talent and you’re willing to invest in them early, why not take a page out of Western Governors University’s book? To celebrate National Nurses Week in 2016, they awarded scholarships to nurses across the nation. Your program could offer this to student nurses as well as tenured nurses looking to advance in their careers by going back to school.

A Call to Action: Begin Today

Increasing your chances of attracting top nursing talent takes a focus on your potential hire’s best interests. What do they want? Professional development, flexibility, work-life balance, unique perks, fair pair, tuition assistance, and other such incentives go a long way. Taking a personalized approach and showing how much your facility values its nursing staff will attract more potential hires than you expect. It’s easy enough to implement that you can begin right now. The key is to make sure you continue appreciating your nurses every day of the year, as well. For more information on supporting your staff, nurses, or other departments, see our extensive library of published resources that are designed for those in the healthcare field. 

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