Monday, September 17, 2012
Hospice-Palliative Care Volunteer Retention: Know How to Hold Them (Research)
Miss Ruby with Hospice Volunteer Frances Shani Parker
You’re a hospice-palliative care volunteer coordinator with a volunteer quota you’re always striving to maintain. Can secrets to keeping them be found in this research reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care?
1) First and foremost, they enjoyed the work itself. (Imagine that!)
2) They felt adequately prepared/trained to perform their duties. (Coordinators, you’re doing a good job here!)
3) They learned from their patients’ experiences and from listening to their stories. (Remember listen and learn?)
An interesting result is that being recognized (service pins, newsletters, etc.), volunteer coordinator phone calls and cards, and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses were among the lowest rated in retention importance. Personally, I think this speaks to the sincere and giving nature of volunteers, but these should still continue on some level. Praise is still a big motivator.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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