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7 Simple Staff Appreciation Ideas Easy, low-cost ways to let your team know you value them. I t's never been more vital to retain your experienced nurses. In just the same fashion as they came, Baby Boomer nurses are leaving the workforce in droves. About one-fourth of all nurses over the age of 54 plan to retire within a year, according to estimates. From someone who recruits nurses for surgical centers and hospitals, here are 7 simple ways to make your nurses feel more appreciated — and maybe make them forget about retiring for a while. Say thank you ... publicly. Everyone loves to be recognized, especially in front of their peers. A private thank you is nice, but a group email or a shout-out in a staff meeting packs more of a punch. Order personalized mugs. Buy everyone a monogrammed cof- fee mug with their initials on it, so every time they take a sip, they think of you. With printing sites all over the web, giving a gift like this one is easier than ever. Hold a nurse-of-the-month contest. Having an award to vote on every month is a great way to strengthen the bonds of your nurses and keep them focused on the positive aspects of patient care. Ask everyone to sub- mit an anonymous ballot with a written expla- nation to back up their votes. At the end of the month, announce the winner and read why her peers voted for her. 1 2 3 1 4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Staffing Andréa Venezio • LUNCH ON US Everyone loves a free meal.

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