Nursing

Expert spotlight: Four steps to elevate the nursing image

Nurse Leader Insider, February 23, 2009

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This week, Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, president and founder of Health Resources Unlimited in Hohenwald, TN, provides some simple steps to help staff reflect a positive image.

Q: What are some day-to-day strategies my nurses can implement to shape a better overall nursing image?

A: Our actions and behaviors portray the credibility of our education and professionalism as nurses. What we say, what we wear, and how we interact with patients, families, and coworkers must always be high on our minds in order for us to reflect a professional and positive nursing image.

By having staff practice the following four steps from beginning to end of each shift, they can improve the nursing image at your facility:

  1. Introduce themselves with their name and professional title to every patient
  2. Follow the standards of care
  3. Embrace evidence-based practice introduced by management
  4. Work collaboratively

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