4 Simple Ways to Support Staff Retention

By Jessica Kunkler, MA, Staff Writer - February 11, 2020

One in four nursing assistants and one in five home health aides report that they are actively looking for another job. That’s a lot of unhappy employees.

This turnover comes at a high price for facilities. It costs an estimated $2,200 to replace a nursing assistant or home care worker, according to the Recruitment and Retention Guide For Employers by PHI (formerly the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute).

Moreover, frustration in the workplace can be contagious; unsatisfied staff members have a negative impact on residents and their peers alike.

There are books and guides devoted to programs for staff retention. Better hiring processes, rewards systems, and staff training can yield positive returns for facilities—but overhauling an entire program can feel daunting for busy nurse managers.

Here are four simple ways to promote staff retention, starting right where you are.