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Blog spotlight: Celebrating Nurses’ Caring: Meaningful Activities for Nurses’ Week

Nurse Leader Insider, May 10, 2010

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This blog post comes from our new monthly contributor, Wendy Leebov, Ed.D. who bring us 30 years experience in communication, training design, and delivery

Every year in May, as Nurses Week approaches, I stop and reflect about the gifts of caring that nurses deliver to patients and families day in and day out. These gifts are remarkable.

Although nurses’ acts of caring deserve recognition year-round, there are so many ways to use Nurses Week to express our appreciation and support. Here are favorites from my experience as chief human resources officer at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network where I worked before leaving to become a full-time consultant (i.e., fanatic) on the patient experience.

Each One, Ask One: We invited employees from departments who don’t provide direct patient care to each interview a nurse with these two questions:

  • Tell me in detail about a specific time when you experienced deep appreciation for your work.
  • What about your profession draws you in and keeps you engaged?

Physician Appreciation of Nurses: I interviewed several physicians to find out what they appreciate about nurses with whom they work. We then made a giant poster with their quotations and hung that poster all over the hospital. We also gave every nurse a small color copy.

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