Inside the news: Be a leader when nurses need a morale boost

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 31, 2009

With the economic downturn, boosting morale among staff nurses has become more difficult. More than ever, consulting companies are offering tools and tips to help you lead the way.

Wayne Rivers, the president of The Family Business Institute, Inc., a company that provides interpersonal, operational, and financial solutions to small businesses, is helping leaders boost morale. He shares the following four ways to be a strong leader during these tough times:

  1. Communicate: Talk to staff regarding the economic downturn and how it is affecting the organization. Don’t let gossip take over.
  2. Show perspective: Point out how successful the organization has been in the past and it will be in the future.
  3. Identify savings: Have your staff participate in saving the organization money by meeting as a team to identify ways to cut unwanted cost. 
  4. Be positive: Negativity spreads, so be upbeat and positive among staff.

Source: The New York Times

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