Nurses are in high demand all over the country. Because of this, it’s in your best interest to hold onto them by making sure you have a pleasant work environment. One of the best ways to do this is to implement a mentoring program. Not only will this help retain new hires fresh out of school, but it will also make sure that your more senior employees are still invested in their workplace.
Here are some of the benefits that you can expect to see if you set up a mentorship program in your healthcare facility:
Transition new nurses from school to the workplace.
Working as a nurse is much different than going to nursing school, for obvious reasons. New nurses often have a difficult time with this transition, whether it’s the patient load, working with new equipment, or just the basics of learning to fit in at a new workplace. If they have someone to guide them through this process, they’re more likely to succeed, and less likely to give up and put in their two weeks’ notice.
Keep experienced nurses invested.
But you don’t just want to invest in your new hires; what about your more seasoned employees? Allowing them to be mentors adds an additional challenge to their job, which makes it more interesting and gives them another reason to come into work in the morning. If you don’t have a mentoring program in place now, consider asking for your employees’ input as you set one up.
Better patient care.
This is the biggest benefit to your healthcare facility. When you have nurses who are happy, who care about their place of work, and who have an open dialogue, they do their jobs better. Better nurses mean happier patients, and that’s always good for business.
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