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This is a discussion on Here's a question... in Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations, part of General Nursing ... What could management do to increase the morale of the nursing staff? What specifically could you...by jadelpn Guide Jul 23, '12What could management do to increase the morale of the nursing staff? What specifically could you see as making you feel good about the place you work? How do you like to be recognized for the work that you do? Curious as well to hear from nurses who love where they work--why? What is done that makes you have a good day?
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- Jul 23, '12 by Been there,done thatWe get gold stars and a pizza party , as a group ,if we all play nice.
I would appreciate personal recognition on an adult level.
Managers should take time to note the positives, instead of the negatives.
A simple verbal kudos such as.. "you handled that"...
"well" .. would go a long way.
- Jul 23, '12 by JZ_RNI don't need gold stars or brownie points. Just get us the supplies we need, appropriate staffing, a break and a lunch. It's not that much to ask.
- Jul 23, '12 by huskernurse82Say thank you for the small things! Acknowledge each others existence!
- Jul 28, '12 by Aeterna1) Give us the tools, supplies, and proper staffing levels to allow us to do our job well! No nurse likes to go home thinking he/she could have done better just because it was a crazy busy day. On a similar line, provide enough support staff so that nurses don't have to waste time doing non-nursing tasks, such as emptying trash cans, putting away meal trays, or thinning overflowing charts. This just adds to our crazy busy days and takes us away from our patients' bedsides.
2) Acknowledge and appreciate. I don't necessarily need material gifts and rewards for what I do. But, I have never ever seen any upper management come to us to say, "Thank you" or "Good job". Even so, every year or so, management seems to want to do something for nurses but goes about it in such a way that, for front line nurses, it doesn't even matter. Once, they had a special pancake breakfast free for all nurses...but they made it from 0800-0900. Our breaks don't start until 0915, and that's just the first round of breaks >_>
3) If we are struggling and the numbers prove it, then provide us with actual and realistic strategies we can implement to make things better. Although I wasn't there, apparently one of the top guys in management came to our floor to tell everyone we were apparently the worst floor in terms of patients' length of stay. What a morale booster, eh? There were no suggestions as to what we could do better, or even why our lengths of stay were so long (I can think of a number of factors that would throw our numbers off compared to other units/hospitals). We were just told we were "the worst". Well, gee, maybe you should look at the fact that we have 1 social worker, 1 occupational therapist, and 2 physiotherapists for a 60-bed unit...*rolls eyes*
- Jul 29, '12 by Ruby Veeadequate linen and supplies is a nice start. adequate staffing would be an even better one.
i worked in one hospital that really went out of it's way to appreciate the nursing staff. the cafeteria was open at night -- not the full lunch line, but there was a buffet to serve yourself and we weren't charged for the food. on the holidays, nursing administration and even the ceo came in at midnight to serve us our (free) holiday dinner. as they served up sliced turkey, they'd look us in the eye and tell us how much they appreciated us coming to work all night long. there was chatting before and after. and before they all went home, they went around to each unit delivering coffee and christmas cookies and asking us how our night was going. all very appreciated.