The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

EFFECTIVE RETENTION STRATEGIES FOR CLINICAL [|#11#|]RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS

Jefferson Hunter2, Sarah Varekojis1, F. Herbert Douce1; 1Respiratory Therapy Division, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; 2The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Background: Workforce shortages continue to threaten the ability of hospitals to provide proper staffing to care for their patients. To retain existing therapists and reduce employee turnover, hospitals need to develop and initiate best practices related to retention. The purpose of this study was to identify what methods, strategies and ideas are perceived effective by both managers and clinicians in order to retain respiratory therapists. Methods: Two survey instruments were used for this study. One was distributed at a state-wide continuing education conference to respiratory therapists with clinical responsibilities. The other was administered on-line through Survey Monkey┬« to managers of respiratory therapy departments in Ohio. Surveys included various demographic questions as well as questions asking both groups to rate the effectiveness of 17 strategies for retention of clinical respiratory therapists. Data analysis included descriptive statistics as well as chi square and t-tests. Results: Survey response rates were 57% for the clinician survey and 59% for the manager survey. Managers and clinicians rated strategies in the compensation/perks and recognition/ respect categories most similar, and there were a few differences in their ratings in the working conditions/ environments category. Overall, managers rated 12 of the 17 strategies as effective and the clinicians rated 15 of the 17 as effective. Conclusions: The manager respondents to this survey had department retention rates higher than the state average, so it was felt that the perceptions of the managers are reflective of effective retention programs already in place. Suggestions for managers trying to develop effective retention programs include focusing on “paying professional fees”, “providing bonus pay”, “reimbursement of exam fees”, “controlled workloads”, “self-scheduling” and “priority work scheduling” as these were perceived as effective by clinicians and were rated higher by clinicians than managers. Sponsored Research - None

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