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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164963
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Partying for Retention and Teamwork!
Author(s):
Ford, Mina; Maddox, Teresa; Angela Craig, Angela
Author Details:
Mina Ford, MSN, RN , OCN, Clinical Educator, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, email: mina.ford@mjh.org; Teresa Maddox, RN, OCN; Angela Craig, RN, OCN
Abstract:
Administration/Leadership Development: The Nursing Shortage has been a major concern for healthcare the past few years. The national average for RN vacancy is 8.1%. In 2007 at Martha Jefferson Hospital the vacancy rate was 3.7% on South 7, a medical/surgical/oncology unit. Although our vacancy rate was lower than the national average, the staff recognized that this could become an issue. Therefore the topic of staff retention was taken to the South 7 Shared Governance Council (S7SGC). The S7SGC wanted to create a welcoming environment for all new staff to improve the retention rate and to reinforce the importance of teamwork. The S7SGC decided to celebrate the unitÆs current staff. In 2007, South 7 had its first annual Fiesta. The Fiesta is a 24 hour party to celebrate new graduates and the S7 nurses who have completed their first year. The new graduates receive a "Basic" or "Advanced" survival kit full of items to help them in their orientation to the unit. The entire staff brings food, the Lounge is decorated, and everyone who comes on the unit is invited to celebrate. This allows all staff on different shifts to work together. This was such a success, the Council created quarterly 24 hour parties. Evidence that these intentional efforts to "Celebrate" are positively impacting staff retention and can be seen in our NDNQI Nurse Satisfaction Survey results from October 2008: 1) 100% of S7 nurses plan to stay employed on the same unit in the upcoming year. 2) Job enjoyment t-scale measures were higher for S7 than the benchmark for other comparable hospitals and showed a high level of job enjoyment. 3) The vacancy rate for S7 was 2.2% in 2008, a decrease from 3.7% in 2007. While S7 is not currently experiencing a high vacancy rate, we are keenly aware of the nursing shortage and retention issues. S7 did not take the NDNQI survey in 2007, so we cannot prove that the initiation of the Fiesta improved our retention rate. Many staff members did mention that these events helped improve morale.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePartying for Retention and Teamwork!en_GB
dc.contributor.authorFord, Minaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMaddox, Teresaen_US
dc.contributor.authorAngela Craig, Angelaen_US
dc.author.detailsMina Ford, MSN, RN , OCN, Clinical Educator, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, email: mina.ford@mjh.org; Teresa Maddox, RN, OCN; Angela Craig, RN, OCNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164963-
dc.description.abstractAdministration/Leadership Development: The Nursing Shortage has been a major concern for healthcare the past few years. The national average for RN vacancy is 8.1%. In 2007 at Martha Jefferson Hospital the vacancy rate was 3.7% on South 7, a medical/surgical/oncology unit. Although our vacancy rate was lower than the national average, the staff recognized that this could become an issue. Therefore the topic of staff retention was taken to the South 7 Shared Governance Council (S7SGC). The S7SGC wanted to create a welcoming environment for all new staff to improve the retention rate and to reinforce the importance of teamwork. The S7SGC decided to celebrate the unitÆs current staff. In 2007, South 7 had its first annual Fiesta. The Fiesta is a 24 hour party to celebrate new graduates and the S7 nurses who have completed their first year. The new graduates receive a "Basic" or "Advanced" survival kit full of items to help them in their orientation to the unit. The entire staff brings food, the Lounge is decorated, and everyone who comes on the unit is invited to celebrate. This allows all staff on different shifts to work together. This was such a success, the Council created quarterly 24 hour parties. Evidence that these intentional efforts to "Celebrate" are positively impacting staff retention and can be seen in our NDNQI Nurse Satisfaction Survey results from October 2008: 1) 100% of S7 nurses plan to stay employed on the same unit in the upcoming year. 2) Job enjoyment t-scale measures were higher for S7 than the benchmark for other comparable hospitals and showed a high level of job enjoyment. 3) The vacancy rate for S7 was 2.2% in 2008, a decrease from 3.7% in 2007. While S7 is not currently experiencing a high vacancy rate, we are keenly aware of the nursing shortage and retention issues. S7 did not take the NDNQI survey in 2007, so we cannot prove that the initiation of the Fiesta improved our retention rate. Many staff members did mention that these events helped improve morale.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:10:07Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:10:07Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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