Problem with longevity in Nursing is we've survived the revolving door of HR professionals within a facility who are the keyholders of "years of employment" records and responsible for identifying long term employees and awards. Managers also hold responsibility for acknowledgement too.
One of my part-time staff (16hrs week) was a 10+ year employee who retired from FT status year before I became manager. Performing license check review, realized she was licensed in 1955 (3 months after I was born), therefore would be practicing FIFTY YEARS in 1995. When discussing with HR response was "we don't do anything formal after they retire, beyond acknowledging part time service every 5 yrs".
Met with VP Patient Services and informed her I WAS going to make sure that during Nurse Week /Colleague Celebration nurse was being acknowledged. VP heartily agreed to what I proposed:
- Got proclamation from House Representatives
- Newspaper article written
- Piece published in Advance for Nurses
- Contacted local TV station
- Poster display honoring all agency nurses and totaled years of nursing experience: over 1,200 years amongst staff
When TV cameraman showed up, flustered the CEO who presented a Lenox vase on behalf of homecare agency. DH taped the evening news cast for the 30 seconds of fame. Great buzz in community, positive PR and good spirits through our agency.
HR learned an important lesson regarding reward and recognition.
I now get to participate in planning each years events.
P.S.: Got Pizza banned from this years service recognition event too.
Have planned 2 other staff retirement partys (both continue with me part time). Always look to Nursing Station as place to purchase gifts.
as they collect stamps.
Other person received throw as always cold: