Anthony Tjan has a great post today about keeping employees happy. It's something we talk about all the time, since we know people aren't always paid what they deserve, and we know the hours people give to call are often ridiculous. And yet, there are some programs that have very little turnover, and it's not necessarily because they have more money than everyone else.
 

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It's always nice to see the work we do get some good press, particularly in a national publication. Check out this article from last week's USA Today, including IAFN President & project consultant Jennifer Pierce-Weeks. Fantastic!

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I have been fortunate to work with Linda Rossman on and off for many years. And I'm truly lucky she works with me on the sustainability project as one of our consultants. She's been doing this work for some time now, out of a community-based clinic in Michigan. But I'll let her explain all that to you:
 
I’ve been a SANE since:  1996

Hospital or community-based program? Community Based: YWCA West Central Michigan Nurse Examiner Program

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I often find articles about recruiting and retaining nurses to be irrelevant to our work, because they generally miss the major issues we face. However, I just read this article from Hospital & Health Networks, and I think it makes some excellent points. I especially like their 9 Principles to Foster Staff Retention:
 

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I have learned that the most effective leaders are those who believe in their own leadership. And not just in their ability to lead, but also in their right to be that person leading others. Which is why program coordinator and leader are not necessarily synonymous. There are a lot of SANE programs that have coordination but no leadership. But even in cases where you find yourself in a coordinator role you never asked for, developing and honing leadership skills is critical for program sustainability.
 

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Traci Jones is running the oldest program in Wyoming. In a land of big, open spaces, she's literally covering a lot of ground. I'm thrilled she's agreed to participate in our Q&A this week so you can get her perpsective on running a thriving SANE program in the rural Mountain West. Thanks, Traci!
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 2003

Hospital or community-based program? This program is a hospital based program at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne WY.

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Over at the Forensic Healthcare site, Jennifer Pierce Weeks, current IAFN president, has a great guest post on evaluating SANE trainers. If you are responsible for finding someone to train your staff or are contemplating hosting a training in the future, Jen has some great tips on what to consider to make sure you get quality training without necessarily bankrupting your program in the process.

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I periodically read Danielle LaPorte's blog because I like the whole entrepeneurial thing (although it sometimes a little on the heavy-handed side for my tastes). Her post last week on getting your needs met particularly struck a cord, because as we spend more and more time with program managers on this project, I realized how true her observations were.
 

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Most of you are off today, so no new entry. I'll be back next week with a new Coordinator Q&A and other goodies. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th, everyone!

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Because I frequently discuss online fundraising and social marketing, I'm pleased to be able to report that Network for Good is offering a teleconference on the basics. A Beginner's Guide to Online Fundraising and Marketing will cover "10 tips for effective online fundraising and marketing -- even during this down economy.

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