Implementation of a ward staff self-rostering system: improving morale and retention
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Implementation of a ward staff self-rostering system: improving morale and retention

Catherine Laura Hainey Ward Sister, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn how a self-rostering system could improve the morale of staff

  • To develop ideas for implementing self-rostering in your ward

  • To understand how self-rostering could result in cost savings

Staff morale is an important factor in maintaining and improving nurse recruitment and retention. Evidence suggests more flexible working patterns can improve nurses’ work-life balance and subsequently their workplace satisfaction. This article describes a ward-based quality improvement project that introduced a self-rostering system that enabled nurses to select their own shifts for a given four-week roster period. The aim was to increase staff satisfaction and subsequently improve retention and recruitment. The article describes the project and discusses the positive outcomes.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1987

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Correspondence

catherine.hainey@nnuh.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Hainey CL (2021) Implementation of a ward staff self-rostering system: improving morale and retention. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1987

Published online: 20 April 2021

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