May is AANA's National Nurses Month, the perfect time to launch or renew your nurse recognition program. Even if you're low on budget, you can still celebrate the "Year of the Nurse" with plenty of much-deserved gratitude for your team.
To jumpstart your thinking, we've pulled together a list of best
Make your plan and promote it
Just like any program, it's important to start with clearly
defined goals. Like promoting engagement. Creating a positive work environment.
Or boosting nurse and patient satisfaction.
In communities all over the country, individuals and
businesses have been showering their local nurses with spontaneous gifts and demonstrations
of appreciation. Make the most of it and promote your efforts to patients,
staff and the public.
Basic elements of appreciation
- Embed recognition in your day-to-day operations. Solicit patient feedback. Take nominations from colleagues and managers. Make recognition part of your daily huddle report.
- Make recognition personal and specific. Go beyond thank you. Praise specific accomplishments and tell how they exemplify excellence.
- Be timely. Give credit while the achievement is still fresh. Allow for daily and weekly recognition.
- Be visible. Notes, banners, trophies and emails help publicize achievements, while group events will have to wait.
- Make recognition easy for everyone. On-the-spot template cards placed around the hospital enable frontline staff, managers and patients to give nurses immediate recognition. A toolkit for managers and executives helps them praise nurses for professional achievements.
Find community partners
Partner with local businesses or benevolent clubs to sponsor coffee
shop, grocery or gas gift cards. Throughout the pandemic, pizza and sandwich
shops have been delivering meals to hospital staff in partnership with local
organizations. Keep it going.
Piggy-back on the trend of traveling thank-you parades.
Declare a parade day in the hospital parking lot and tap into the public's
gratitude for the courage and compassion of its nurses.
Work with vendors on a "Thank a Nurse" program so patients and community members
can order gifts to be sent — flowers, candy, beverages, mask ear savers, coffee
mugs and the like.
Host a "Thank a Nurse" poster design activity for children
and create a display of their works.
Take to the airwaves
Cox Media Group owns and operates local media properties
around the country, which means we can offer you even more creative options.
For example, our Tampa radio market created a Hometown Heroes
Program to ask listeners to nominate a deserving nurse. Each day during Nurses
Week, their morning show DJs call a winning nurse to award a prize. Sound good?
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