Dr. Launette Woolforde, Vice President System Nursing Education and Professional Development,
Identifying, onboarding, engaging and retaining the right nurses and healthcare team members is essential to the viability and success of every healthcare organization. This requires a close partnership between Nursing and Human Resources, which, if not done well, will far exceed replacement costs for each nurse - often estimated at 1.5 times the nurses salary. Failures in this process impact unit stability and morale, contribute heavily to staff and preceptor burnout, compromise quality, care delivery and the patient experience. Nursing and HR teams need to have a shared understanding of the organizational culture and envision the enhancement of that culture together so that it translates into attraction of the right people and retaining of them for a substantial period of time. We must look beyond solely the reputations of academic institutions or the candidate with the best GPA, and instead pair that with a deep dive into emotional intelligence, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation among candidates and where they fit in the balance of the organization currently and in the foreseeable future.
HR partners should be conversant regarding the orientation process and beyond into areas such as the organizations career advancement programs and other professional development infrastructures as candidates interested in career growth will be interested in this very important reflection of nursing professionalism.
This presentation will discuss strategies for building the necessary partnership between Nursing and HR, tips for the recruiters toolkit, examples of Nursing-HR partnerships for professional development, selecting based on climate and structure, and marketing magnetism to ensure a highly engaged and competent nursing workforce.