Hi. This bb includes the comments of people who come into the helping professions for different reasons. I would like to know how you all measure success in your work? It may not be any one thing that you measure success by. Do you measure it by how well you perform tasks? By how many times someone expresses their appreciation to you for your help or just being there? By ratings? By how high or many times you get promoted? By how much money you get paid? Who you know? How much education you have? Whether or not the patient and/or family learned to appropriately take care of their needs with your help? Whether or not the patient and/or family suffered (via an error) at your hands? There are many other measures.
In light of the different revisions of standards by JCAHO and other groups, we're expected to measure our success by evidence and outcomes. I feel that this means that we must proactively teach, train, and encourage patients and their families to be proactive in their health and medical care needs. Nurture which is a process, while still important to keep things honest, will have to be done in a different, more discreet way. Efficiency and effectiveness seem to be the key terms today with the "bottomline" being the driving force. Please take time to answer. I'm eager to read what you write.