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Hospitals turn Creative to Hire and Preserve Nurses

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Regardless of the shortage in nurses’ availability, there are some creative ways that hospitals adapt to recruit and retain nurses. Sign-on bonuses that need nurses to remain in their jobs for about two years are there but some hospitals look and think beyond just these.

Among those reasons are a supportive corporate culture, flexible shifts, and numerous opportunities for upward mobility and benefits that include a matching 401k, onsite child care and tuition reimbursement.

Afar of Signing Bonuses

Many hospitals are now offering creative perks like flexible scheduling, professional development, and programs meant to empower nurses and improve the hospital’s corporate culture, to attract new nurses and maintain their present staff.

There are some hospitals where nurses receive the equal compensation regardless of their nature of working, be it in home health, the hospital or the clinics. Also, while alluring sign-on bonuses can for time-being attract nurses, a positive working environment is more essential for retaining the staff. So, making the workforce feel appreciated and be in a position to make a difference is fulfilling.

Onsite Education

At some hospitals nurses are benefiting from working in an academic medical center that promote innovation and allows them take advantage of cutting-edge research. In such hospitals nurse’s benefit from various university perks apart from their standard employment benefits. The Work/Life office assists nurses identify childcare options and offers guidance on elder-care responsibilities and adoption assistance.

Thus, promoting further education via onsite master’s and bachelor’s degree programs’ for nurses, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and flexible scheduling to support nurses who want to continue their education is fruitful.

Easing the Living

Some hospitals have also initiated to offer more work/life balance opportunities to their nurses, like different part-time shifts and eight- and 12-hour shifts to better contain nurses’ needs.

Services like dinner reservations, car repairs, mailing packages, catering and event planning, picking up and dropping off dry cleaning, and lawn and garden care are also on offer at some hospitals.
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