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Nurse Leader Insider, October 26, 2009

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In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we addressed the issue of nurse satisfaction in a time of uncertainty. To help our readers, we posted examples of how one could immediately boost morale during these tough economic times.

For example, you could:

  • Begin nursing staff meetings by asking, “What was the best thing that happened to you today or during your last shift?” The meetings should focus on improving care and team-building.
  • Focus on improving the image of nursing by gathering a group of nurses to volunteer with a community or organization project.
  • Ask creative nurses to develop banners or posters that showcase nursing excellence and hang them around the unit or facility.

This blog post received great comments, ranging from appreciation, to suggesting ways particular organizations boost staff morale!

Here are some of the comments:

"This is all great advice. And I agree that leadership has to get involved with the day to day needs of the nurses. There is so much that goes on that should be driving the decision making that to miss it is a major mistake."

"I agree with employers providing positive feedback to boost morale. From personal experience, this positive feedback provides fulfillment and motivates me to want to be even better. I also think that nurses can be a great support system for each other as well. Nobody understands a nurse as well as another nurse."

"I have a new appreciation for management. I realize managing a unit is not an easy thing to do. They have to balance all their job requirements along with the employees' satisfaction. Giving them credit, it seems at times to be a juggling act. I agree however, it is very important for the employees to feel they are being heard and appreciated. If it were not for the floor or unit nurses, there would be no patient care."

 

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