11/05/2007

WVU Hospitals Invites Nurses to Focus Group

Working and retired nurses wanted to join the discussion

Leading nurses at WVU Hospitals want to know what will encourage current nurses to stay in the profession and entice retired nurses back to work.

WVU Hospitals will hold a community focus group Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the board room, located on the second floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Debbie Falconi, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N., director of oncology services, and Mary Fanning, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.N.A.A., B.C., director of nursing administration, will conduct the session. 

Falconi and Fanning are working closely with the West Virginia Nursing Leadership Institute. The mission of the Institute is to prepare leaders in nursing for addressing the critical need for nurse recruitment and retention in their communities and beyond. 

“Given the projections of the nursing shortage in West Virginia, hospitals must not only develop creative strategies to recruit nurses, but they must develop ways to retain nurses in the healthcare industry,” said Fanning. “One approach is to attract those who have left nursing back to the profession and to encourage those who may be considering retirement to continue working, even if it’s just a few hours a week.”

Nursing literature has shown that physical environment, flexible work hours, length of shift worked, and job-specific responsibilities are among the many factors nurses consider when they decide to either return or stay in the nursing workforce, according to Falconi.

“This meeting is geared toward identifying those best practices that will continue to build the nursing workforce for not only WVU Hospitals but also for north-central West Virginia,” Falconi said.

Those interested in attending the community focus group are asked to RSVP by calling (304) 598-4300 or sending e-mail to falconid@wvuh.com or fanningm@wvuh.com.  Lunch will be provided.                                               

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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