Nursing

It’s Nurses Week. Get it?

Nurse Leader Insider, May 7, 2015

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National Nurses Week is upon us once more, giving hospital leaders an opportunity to spend time with nursing staff and engage in meaningful conversations. The week begins May 6 and ends May 12 marking the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The past year has seen highs and lows for the profession, and Nurses Week provides a time to recognize achievements and hard work.

As I argued last year, too often Nurses Week is applied as a salve; one week of over-recognition for 51 weeks of under-value and under-appreciation. Some clueless hospital leaders see Nurses Week as a time to hand out gifts and make speeches about "angels of caring."

Leaders that "get it" use the week to recognize dedicated professionals who perform a difficult job—problem-solving partners who tackle tough issues such as lowering healthcare-associated infections and reducing distractions so nurses can spend more time on patient care and less on paperwork.

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