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. 28, 3, 22-27. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e1987

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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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