annother way to get the EotM to be fair is to initiate a STAR program, someone is nominated, and residents, family members, and non shift staff make the recomendations (I think unit managers/supervisors can to) then there is no favoritism, it is "this person did ______ and it was much more than I expected, they made my life better for it"
I know I am NOT poular, and will never get nominated for the EotM in my NH but I am popular with the REAL workers on my unit, and the residents who interact with me (even the junkie I will not medicate unless he actually NEEDS it) It is a level of professionalism that I am very proud of, and I do not reach it every day, but I try.
I did have a resident send in a letter of comendation with the advice to give me some recognition, or a bonus, for the extra time I took with her, the recognition I golt was to be allowed to reaad the letter and to be asked to please apply myself to my adminastrative responsabilities as well as I had the floor care.
I was NOT amused
in the hospital I started out in, fresh out of nursing school
, we had a STAR program (STAR means something, I don't remember what) and I was nominated by a family, my units head nurse asked other patients how they felt about this comment, she seemed at the time to be trying to dispute it to the patients who spoke back to me about it, and then I got a gold star for my name badge, and had a &50 personal check from the hospital in my next paycheck.
I felt GREAT, the orriginal letter of comendation was coppied and posted in the lounges, and in the newslettere that went to the stockholders
it might have been a publicity thing for them to show how great the whole place was, but I know other people I worked with had the same experience, and there were a few letters each month, all recent. It really helped us, and since it was for SPECIFIC actions there was little sour grapes.
But then again I worked with a GREAT team at the time
*** May we all have the serenity to accept what we cannot change, and the determination to change what we cannot accept. ***