Where Has All The Staff Gone? Strategies For Recruit And Retain Quality Staff By Helen M. Hauff

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Where Has All The Staff Gone? Strategies to Recruit and Retain Quality Staff by Helen M. Hauff explores the dangerous shortage of nurses in healthcare. The shortage of nurses today has challenged and tested many human resources departments, forcing many directors to “think outside of the box” and look at different strategies for recruitment and retention. According to Hauff, the average recruitment costs per nurse can exceed $100,000 and the supply of nurses needs to increase by 9% a year just to keep up with demand (Hauff, 2007). Many health care systems and specialty clinics have tried to lure registered nurses and nurse practitioners with higher salaries and better benefits. The competition for quality staff has come with a price, staff turnover results in extra costs for recruiting and retraining employees. Hauff, a certified transplant nurse naturally focuses on the staff shortages in her specialty. The shortage of certified transplant nurses is critical, and according to Hauff many health care systems are closing down transplant units due to staff shortages and rising costs. Although Hauff tends to focus on solving the problems with transplant specialists, the same recommendations she outlines can be applied to any health care specialty. The title of the article, Where Has All The Staff Gone?: Strategies to Recruit and Retain Quality Staff instantly draws the reader in, especially a human resources specialist looking to find methods for recruitment and

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