Healthcare is a labor-driven service that depends on the talent and competencies of each member of the team. Finding and keeping this talent is paramount to running a cost-effective organization that provides exceptional care. Let’s take a dive into our second principle, “Staff Retention”, from our blog series.


Poor staffing is a key risk factor for surgical errors. With regular advances in medical science, highly trained and capable staff is not a luxury, but a necessity. In addition, continuity in personnel allows for a more accurate flow of information and more consistent treatment for patients. Investing in staff is one of the most important elements in making surgery safer. 

Employee turnover is a top staffing priority for 33% of healthcare recruiters.


NURSING SHORTAGE: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two out of three perioperative nurses are over the age of 50. By 2022, over 1 million new nurses will be needed to replace experienced nurses who are retiring.

PERFUSION SHORTAGE: A projected decline in the number of expert perfusionists may result in

As of 2017:

Four Ways to Attract and Retain Excellent Staff Members:

  1. Offer competitive salaries and benefits
  2. Provide consistent, up-to-date training
  3. Invest in staff by providing superior learning opportunities
  4. Keep teams well-versed in industry best practices

Download Four Principles of Advocating for Safer Surgery, an infographic featuring simple (yet critical) ways to improve patient safety during day-to-day operations.

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