Nursing Leaders, Retention & Recruitment in the Workforce

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This section provides a background of retention and recruitment in nursing and emphasizes the role of nursing leaders.


Activity #1

Read the following articles:


Activity #2

After reading the article by Lavoie-Trembley and colleagues, answer the following questions outlined in the Reflection Exercise pdf below. Then compare your answers with the responses provided.


Activity #3

Video: Introduction to Retention & Recruitment (11:04)

Slides: Introduction to Retention & Recruitment


Activity #4

Now, take a few minutes to hear what Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, has to say about keeping employees happy. This is a primer for the next section. Here is a brief Ted Talk.

Video: This is what makes employees happy at work | The Way We Work, a TED series (4:09)


Activity #5

Prior to proceeding to the next section, please take some time to complete Part 1 of the reflective exercise to consider how you, as a leader, are currently supporting retention and recruitment. We will return to this reflection at the end of the module.

These questions were posted in the first video and can help guide your reflection (see the Case Study Template linked below):

  • Have you asked staff why they stay?
  • Have you asked former staff why they left?
  • How do you engage with staff?
  • How do you promote learning and professional development?
  • How are you addressing concerns raised?


Here is the Case Study Template.


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