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Engaging and Retaining Employees in a Competitive Environment

National Rural Health Resource Center

Rural hospitals and clinics across the country are facing significant challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining qualified employees. Staff turnover leads to work disruptions, workload imbalances, and increased uncertainty for the staff and patients left behind, not to mention the significant time and expense needed to recruit and train those hired in their place. 

The Staff Sustainability Cycle is a process for improving the retention of high-performing staff and as a result, strengthening the continuity of health care services and employees' well-being. The cycle takes a holistic approach by sharing best practices in recruitment, onboarding, learning and development, engagement and retention, and succession planning. 

In this webinar, you'll learn about the elements in the Staff Sustainability Cycle and take a deep dive into some of the key practices that foster employee engagement and retention. We'll share tools that you can use to strengthen your practices in these areas - thereby ensuring of the critical services your health care organization provides to support the health of your community. 

Speaker: Shannon Studden 

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Build familiarity with the elements of the Staff Sustainability Cycle and the role that each plays in fostering engagement, retention, and continuity of services
  • Adopt best practices at each stage of the cycle 
  • Use tools to support staff sustainability best practices


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