Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thinking about recruitment and retention in health
I am off to Brisbane and the Gold Coast tomorrow, primarily to attend a conference about recruitment and retention in the health professions. This is an issue I am extremely interested in as it is a prevalent problem throughout the health professions internationally, not just here in New Zealand. Obviously I come from a midwifery perspective but I believe the issues are generic: aging population of practitioners; recruiting young people into the professions; supporting new graduates; supporting rural & remote practitioners; encouraging professional development -these are just a few of the issues.
So my aims for attending my conference are:
1. to find out more about what can be effective strategies for improving recruitment and retention;
2. to network with people I wouldn't otherwise meet;
3. get my name known as a midwife and midwifery educator who could be a collaborative partner in research/project work in the future.
I will be presenting a paper about the efficacy of e-mentoring as a recruitment and retention strategy. This will be more of a theoretical perspective because I do not have any solid data to present about my study yet. However, hopefully it will get people thinking about the possibilities of social networking as a means of supporting staff, with the end result of retaining them in their jobs.