Nursing Shortages and Nurse Turn-Over: Effective Approaches in Leadership and Management

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Nursing Shortages and Nurse Turn-Over: Effective Approaches in Leadership and Management Nursing shortages and nurse turn-over is a growing issue among the nursing profession. The main reason for this growing problem seems to be dissatisfaction among nurses with some aspect of their job. Nursing leaders and managers play a vital role in job satisfaction and ultimately nurse retention. Through this paper, I will identify the roles of nursing leaders and managers and examine the different approaches that each take to ensure job satisfaction among their staff and co-workers, as well as how they manage nursing shortages and nurse turn-over. Nursing Leadership In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, it is important to develop…show more content…
Nursing Management Approach Leadership and management are equally important practices; however, where leadership focuses on influencing people to accomplish a goal, management focuses on influencing staff to fulfill an organization’s goals and targets the majority of their attention on organizational goals and objectives (Huber, 2010). In order for nursing managers to combat shortages and retention issues, they need to improve job satisfaction on the organizational level. Some approaches to doing that are: innovative job redesign, the creation of knowledgeable, confident nursing leaders, enhancing supervisor and administrative support and career ladder development (Morgan & Lynn, 2009). Strong nurse managers will collaborate with their nursing leaders to analyze ways to attract new nursing staff to the profession while also being pro-active in improving staff retention (Duffield, Roche, Blay & Stasa, 2010). They also understand that there is a connection between strong nurse leaders, employee satisfaction, a healthy work environment and nurse retention. Another approach nurse managers can take to increase job satisfaction and decrease turn-over is to acknowledge and praise staff for a job well done. Studies have shown that recognition and praise from management had a strong influence on job satisfaction (Duffield, Roche, Blay & Stasa,
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