Nurse Employee Retention with Cara Silletto: Ep 14

Do you know how challenging the struggles with nurse employee turnover can be? This week on Mastering Nursing, Nurse Keith was fortunate to chat with Cara Silletto, President & Chief Retention Officer of Crescendo Strategies. Together, they discussed the ins and outs of understanding the mindset of the growing Millennial workforce and nurse employee retention in the 21st century.

Cara Silletto, MBA is a workforce thought leader who has even been named a “Game Changer” by Workforce Magazine. also named her in their “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch.” Lastly, Cara is the author of the 2018 book Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • That you are the CEO of your nursing career and should make the decisions that are best for you and your career growth.
  • That employers must adapt to the demands and needs of the Millennial workforce, the largest segment of the current worker marketplace for years to come.
  • That today’s 21st-century workforce — especially Millennials — are begging for more flexibility, options, and choices in their workplace and in their careers (and employers would be smart to meet those demands in order to increase retention and loyalty.
  • That you must demand professional development from your employer while also pursuing the development of both your hard and soft your skills independently.
  • Plus so much more!

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Fast Facts for Crescendo Strategies

Crescendo Strategies was launched in September of 2012, and has made “helping business leaders adapt to the shifting workforce before it’s too late” their mission! Crescendo Strategies endeavors to reduce unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps and making managers more effective. They do this through education/training in the form of keynotes, workshops, and more.

Specific areas they offer training in include shifting manager mindsets, bridging generational gaps, and auditing your own effectiveness. Lastly, they also specialize in helping businesses with retaining a Millennial workforce. They even offer an on-demand course entitled, “Managing the Millennial Mindset!”


  • Call: (812) 207-0739
  • Email: cara – AT –

Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer

“While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable staff, a larger portion of roles are transitioning into revolving doors of employee turnover. This impacts levels of customer service, productivity and profitability. The only way for organizations to successfully and sustainably face the new realities of today’s workforce and the evolution of employee expectations is through a deep understanding of how to effectively hire and manage shorter-term workers who have a different view of the workplace. This insightful, breakthrough book by Cara Silletto and contributing author Leah Brown is designed to help leaders at all levels discover exactly how our workforce has changed over time, why employers are struggling to keep talent and how to gain better staffing stability.

Business leaders know the workforce is changing, yet management strategies have been slow to respond to evolving employee expectations. In a world where employers are fighting to get newer staff to adhere to traditional standards, Staying Power explains how employees and candidates have an advantage over managers and supervisors with greater tenure and titles. Today, nearly all businesses are hiring, and staff have the choice to go elsewhere. The tidal wave of employees with a new mindset regarding loyalty, entitlement and cell phones cannot be stopped, but what leaders can and should do is get to know their new workforce, then build a place where people want to work.

Readers of Staying Power are offered insights that will drive big-picture thinking, new understanding about the mindset of today’s workforce, and an opportunity to shift their attitudes about who they are hiring. Readers are also provided with tangible operational tools for immediately improving employee retention and profitability within their companies.”

Nursing Organization of the Week: Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN)

Nursing isn’t just about medicine, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.

We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!

This episode, we’re happy to award Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (or AMSN).

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses is a vibrant community of more than 10,000 medical-surgical nurses who care about improving patient care, developing personally and professionally, advocating for the specialty of medical-surgical nursing, and connecting with others who share their compassion and commitment.

Their strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health.

Their members include RNs, LPNs, LVNs, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, and students. They are leaders who advocate for patients, mentor each other, and advance nursing practice. They care for diverse patient populations in a wide variety of settings.

Needless to say, they do great work, so if you’d like to learn more about them, connect online and click here to find them on Facebook. Congratulations are in order for their selection as our nursing organization of the week!

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