Nursing

Tips from TSE: Recognize nurse researchers with non-monetary rewards

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 8, 2009

Nurses enjoy being recognized and rewarded for their excellent work and the care they provide. However, in this era of cost constraints and economic uncertainty, monetary rewards may simply not be possible. So what other ways can nurses be recognized and rewarded for their contributions to nursing research?

Marquetta Flaugher, ARNP-BC, DSN, an advanced practice nurse at Bay Pines (FL) VA Healthcare System shares five ways to recognize and motivate nurses without dipping into the unit budget:

  1. Send thank-you cards and e-mails
  2. Call the nurse’s mother and thank her for having a son or daughter who is a knowledgeable and caring nurse
  3. Publish nursing praise in the hospital’s newsletter
  4. Provide designated parking spots for nurses who have completed a successful research project
  5. Have nurses create motivational signage to keep peers enthusiastic about research

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the May issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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