Regarding the article Nurses take the wheel, drive retention efforts, (Nurse.com/Article/NY/Take-The-Wheel), the different practices and ideas implemented to improve retention among nurses is encouraging, however, the statistics remain scary. If hospitals want to retain their new graduates and experienced staff, administration needs to come up with innovative ideas. For example, hiring nurse coaches who could implement evidence-based strategies to promote self-care. Nurses could then educate their patients about these self-care measures.
In addition, nurses need to be taught self-care measures to prevent burnout and techniques to help them heal. There are many measures that could be implemented to help nurses prevent burnout or other problems associated with work overload. However, management would need to be educated regarding the vital role a nurse coach could play within their institution.
Ellen Dermody, MSN, RN, OCN