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Strengthening Your Nursing Pipeline Through Personal Development

Organizational leaders and nurse educators are concerned with the adequate training of nursing students. Being able to adequately support their skill development and clinical practice is key. The support to new nurses is also key to adhering to nursing standards and maintaining patient safety. A shortage of nurse preceptors, along with a higher number of travel nurses, has impacted the nursing profession, thus requiring a solid strategy to strengthen the nursing pipeline.

The shift in the trends across the profession of nursing suggest a rapid movement and strategy in the area of retention. The sky is clear and the beautiful river flows freely and gives life to a new nursing landscape. But this new landscape is rife with struggle from a previous nursing shortage.

Today, post-COVID, (dare I even suggest) requires us to place a high level of energy and dedication to supporting health and wellness practices of nurses – to retain them. But expect some hiccups along the way since most health and wellness programs, particularly those that fall under EAP, lack employee engagement. These are the same programs that bleed health care budgets, and they also lack progress and enthusiasm. Of course, we’re sure to expect a period of resistance; more so with health executives who are likely getting pitched constantly with low-quality, budget-bleeding programs. After all, their primary interest is keeping the budgets balanced in a health care system that seems to be imploding the budgets on a good day.

If you read my recent post on Building The Best Hospitals To Work For, you’ll know that 80% of employees who work at companies with robust health and wellness programs feel engaged and cared for by their employers. That’s because job satisfaction means the world to employees. When it comes to personal development and wellness in the workplace, according to Nursing Central, nurses find this particularly appealing. Might this leads us into a new era of strengthening our nursing retention strategy?

The key is, we have to move forward to reach healthcare’s goals: retain as many qualified nurses as possible so the hospital achieves its mission. Let’s pause for a moment.

Can we do better?

What can we control?

To make the most of the current pipeline, particularly with new hires and new grads, is not to slow-down in the area of providing support. It’s all too common to pull-back budgets and cut areas that are most important to our retention strategies. That’s because you’re fearful about the unknown. Use the mindset experts in the field who will help you to walk into the unknown. Use this energy and expertise that Satori has to offer to fuel a positive change across your organization.

The outcomes of Satori’s 7-week personal development program are to produce well-balanced and healthy health practitioners, and Mindful Clinicians. These are the Mindful Clinicians who will produce results for you. They will stick with you in the long-run because they feel valued and appreciated.

Personal Development

I invite you, dear health executive, to be laser-focused with your intention. That is, to strengthen the nursing pipeline, as well as to take action. Determine that the health and personal development is key to retention, and focus on that singular goal. When you devote yourself to appreciating your staff, your efforts will shift the dynamic of nursing retention across the industry. You have the power to guide their health and mindset towards healing instead of coping,

When you have a mentally-focused and healthy workforce, they have greater performance. The body and brain are working in a cohesive manner. In addition to enhanced performance, workplace health programs, such as a group mantra-meditation program, help keep their employees happy and productive. This is what makes workplace health promotion a staple in many organizations (see episode 47).

Process + Mindset Are Required

Many workplaces have health & wellness committees, created by the employees themselves, which is a great start. They all want to help, and have their hearts in the right place. However, all too often, these committees lack both the process and mindset to creating sustainable change across an entire organization. In fact, both process and mindset are typically missing across most employee wellness programs. This is because they focus on a few laser strategies, in fear of overwhelming staff. What results is a duct-tape approach to giving a ton of strategies without process or mindset and the health program doesn’t serve the whole person.

Why People Burnout

Since COVID-19 there’s been a significant shift in not just how or when nurses work, but how much they work. Many nurses ended-up working longer hours, with less downtime in between.

This additional work has left health practitioners at a higher risk of burnout and stress. Self-regulation becomes more difficult during times of stress. Burnout is a physiological condition that occurs when the body’s pushed to its limits. It simply secretes too much cortisol than the mind/body can handle.

Here are the 3 reasons for people burning-out:

1. Too big of a workload.
2. Their family and personal lives are challenged due to job
3. The employment doesn’t allow them enough time outside of work to recover (see episode 38 on what to do on your day off work).

Armed with such information, healthy workplaces could reduce these risk factors to fosters healthy employees and further strengthen the nursing pipeline. Wellbeing programs are a workplace staple, offer a strategic way for employers to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and invest in their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing, preventing the cycle of burnout from occurring. Included in Satori’s The ProMind Experience, is our 3-part training series The Banish Burnout Bootcamp to support nurses at balancing the body and brain.

Strengthening Your Pipeline Through Health Promotion Programs At Work

The field of health promotion/disease prevention heavily relies on the science of behaviour change. People don’t change that easily, and their daily behaviours are deeply entrenched in values, beliefs, and old subconscious programming. Healthy behaviour change in the workplace requires strategic assessments, workplace health redesign and a sustainable health strategy. If you want to develop a Health Promotion Program at work, and help your employees build healthy and sustainable habits, know it takes more than a little dedication, it takes a supportive environment.

Hospitals today need to focus on supporting the entire wellbeing of their staff. When the pandemic hit, hospitals had no choice but to face the reality that their frontline staff could no longer continue working in the same ways.  It was remarkable to watch hospitals take a progressive approach to health promotion by giving nurses more control over their shift length. Some hospitals created quiet spaces, meditation rooms, and added massage chairs. I never thought I’d hear any of this, but it’s starting to happen.

A Consciousness Shift To Strengthen Your Nursing Pipeline

I invite you to take an honest look at your own values regarding health, wellness, peak performance and your mindset on staff retention. And then extend that view to the culture of your management, and then the organization at large. Most importantly, you should have a general health & wellness perspective when it comes to workplace health promotion programs to not waste funds or personal time.

By improving workplace health programs in hospitals, employees can rebound from the challenging physical responses leading them to burnout. When Satori launched ProMind three years ago, our vision was simple: Get health practitioners to think about their physical and mental health more proactively. In early 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Satori launched it again but as an experiential program, The ProMind Experience. We wanted to support hospitals in raising awareness of the benefits of workplace wellness and personal development.

The ProMind Experience broadened its focus to encompass physical, cognitive, spiritual and behavioural health to help hospital employers understand and support the full range of wellbeing needs of their employees. Of course, the term “Wellbeing” is quite expansive, but engaging nurses in their own definition is the place to start. At Satori we feel the most important element of being well is to be able to self-regulate, and balance your health across all areas in your life – and become more aware of what makes you feel well, and what makes you feel un-well/un-balanced. Awareness and mindfulness are key components in the ProMind Experience.

Will you be that clinical leader to move them forward with new solutions?

Why Partner With Satori?

When you partner with Satori, you instantly create value for the hospital and its nursing teams. Our Director & Mindset Coach, Lynn Chénier, has directly faced the challenges as a nurse on the frontline. She became so frustrated with frontline nursing that she was moving-on to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Alongside Chiropractic, Lynn pursed her nursing career part-time and then abruptly faced a life-altering motor vehicle crash on the highway. This catastrophic event forced her to pause her career for nearly a decade. This didn’t stop her from gaining experience, however. Her peak performance attitude, and background as a nurse and chiropractic student supported her recovery through this car crash.

Lynn not only speaks as a nurse, but carries with her a 20+ year practice in Transcendental Meditation. She teaches students to meditate with a mantra, to recover from the daily stress and allow the mind to reach expanded states. Her team of health professionals work alongside stakeholders and the frontline to support, engage and motivate every step of the way.

Summary

Personal development go hand-in-hand with strengthening the nursing pipeline. There are so many self-care activities that have the ability to promote health and wellbeing, but all too often staff don’t implement these strategies. Many short programs are merely dosing nurses with a ton of strategies, but missing a system to implement. Satori gives them both, a process + mindset. You need both to create a shift in your life. When nurses have a process for creating more balance in their lives, they have a more positive impact on patient care.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or check-out The ProMind Experience demo page here, where you can schedule a Discovery Call to see if we’re the right fit for your organization.

Call To Action

Once again, I invite you, dear health executive, to be laser-focused with your intention: to strengthen the nursing pipeline, as well as to take action. Partnering with us for a fall 2022 launch will help to strengthen your existing pipeline, while supporting the new hires to not repeat the same mistakes made in the profession. Determine that the health and personal development is key to retention, and focus on that singular goal. You can do this by contacting Lynn today at [email protected] and we’d be more than happy to discuss your current health and wellness strategy.

Articles of Relevance:

The ProMind Experience: The Next Generation Wellness Strategy For Hospitals. 

6 Reasons Wellness Programs Benefit Hospitals

5 Ways to Wellbeing For Health Practitioners 

The Benefits of Mindset Coaching For Nurse Wellbeing – Episode 63.

2 Simple Ways To Fail-proof Your Health Goals – Episode 60.

The New Heart of Healthcare Leadership

5 Reasons To Support Post-Pandemic Personal Growth

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