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Creative nurse retention strategies go a long way to solving safe-staffing woes

Organisations should sometimes be willing to pay a premium to retain staff
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Organisations should sometimes be willing to pay a premium to retain staff

Good nurse leaders work hard to make their services attractive places for nurses to work in and patients to experience. This starts with paying attention to the needs of nurses who are already employed, rather than focusing solely on recruitment. It is led from the top of the organisation – the board and executive directors – and requires imagination and determination.

Recently, the eminent nurse academic Linda Aiken told the RCN international nursing research conference that workforce shortages should not be used as an excuse for inaction on safe staffing. She said the government should implement safe staffing ratios in England. But she also told Nursing Standard that even

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