Perks or Practice Environment? Shift Seen in What Nurses Value Most

More and more hospitals are figuring out that the work environment is a key attribute to retaining top healthcare professional talent. Pay and benefits are a huge motivator, but a good work environment focused on providing quality patient care and treating healthcare professionals properly is perhaps the best motivator for long term retention.

In recent times, we’ve seen a shift to them focusing on the work
environment rather than financial incentives,” said Joni Sperry,
employment manager at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg
Heights, Ohio. The financial incentives help get the nurses here, but
that’s not what keeps them here.

Offering healthcare professionals greater flexibility over their work schedules and allowing them to participate in the day to day operational decision making is also a great way to create a productive work environment for retaining key staff.

This article from nursezone.com speaks to the shift in what nurses and other clinical staff are looking for in their work environments.

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