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Building Nurse Morale in the Work place

Morale can make or break your  work place culture. It is easy to tell when a work place had good culture or not- you feel the positive vibes and the nurses are not as fearful of policies and ready to tattle on each other. And to mention for the umpteenth time, food is NOT a morale enhancer.

Nurses eat food because they have to eat and because everyone likes to nibble every now. While catering food for your nursing staff is a nice thing to do, it should never replace the foundational structure of having good morale building and culture in place.

empower, enhance, enable and engage – business motivation concept – handwriting on sticky notes

Six Helpful Tips Towards Building Excellent Morale in Your Nursing Staff

  1. Listen: By listening, you have to practice active listening. Don’t listen to respond; listen to understand. Do you truly hear what your nursing staff is saying? Sometimes all it takes to avert low morale is just to listen. You don’t necessarily have to follow what that person is saying, you are only letting them know, “Look, you are important and I hear you.” So cultivate the active listening habit.
  2. Be Visible: As a leader, you need to be seen. If you do this right the first few times, you’ll find that your nursing staff understand. When there is a nursing shortage or crises on the floor, step out and mingle with your nursing staff. Don’t be a nuisance but find out what you can do to help. Most often times, your nursing staff will turn down your offer, but it is the thought that counts. They appreciate it.
  3. Support your Nurses: These days with the fear of litigation, leaders are afraid to stand behind their nursing staff. Don’t be. Do your investigation as you must, but try not to throw your nursing staff under the bus. Be fair and treat them as your client, because they are indeed your client. In doing so, you will have a most loyal staff and employee moral will be through the roof. You will also find that your nursing staff will stick up for you and call out their colleagues on their b.s.
  4. Have a strong mentor-ship program: Most nurses leave their places of employment, not because they couldn’t try harder but because they were miserable and did not have anyone to turn to. The cost of hiring and training nurses only to lose them not long afterwards takes a toll on finances and employee morale. So make sure that in your employee retention program, that having a good mentor-ship program is key. Why go through all the handwork of hiring nurses only to lose them?  But whatever you do, make sure that the mentors are voluntary; do not mandate it or such a program is sure to fail.
  5. Communicate clearly and frequently: Don’t let the grapevine do the communication for you. Find a common medium accessible to all your nursing staff and pass information clearly and frequently.  It improves morale when your nursing staff know what is going on at their workplace.  Nurses spend a huge amount of time and need to know when something will impact them BEFORE it does. It helps with planning and improves morale.
  6. Practice Fairness:  Nothing is more damaging to a nurses’ morale than to feel that they are being treated differently from their colleague. While each personnel situation maybe different, try as much as possible to be fair and consistent at all times. When nurses recognize your fairness, they are inclined to do more and employee morale goes up.
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Nursing as a Respected Profession

Nursing is often touted as one of the most trusted professions and it is and that is a great accolade . But are you respected?To become respected in nursing, the training has to become standardized.

There are so many avenues to get into the nursing profession that it takes away from the message that is being shared.

A two-year nurse vs a one-year nurse vs a 4-year nurse are all under the umbrella of nursing, but what about the education and training. How standardized is that?

Not to mention that online vs in-class lectures. Not to say that one is better than the other because after all, people do have different ways of learning but it has to become standardized. Forget country-wide, how about state-wide and make the classes transferable from school to school. 

To become a respected profession, nursing has to show that regardless of what school one chooses to attend, that the curriculum remains the same and the standard of education and learning is the same.

The Nursing profession as a whole, should build esteem for nurses ensuring that the general public know this and understand that nurses are professionals and educated thus way.

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The Nurse “Complainer”

Have you ever worked beside a nurse who complained a lot? This person complains about both things they have control over and those that they do not. There is nothing wrong in venting once in a while but if you are that person who complains all the time. Stop it!

Your co-workers are probably too kind to tell you but your constant complaining makes a long work day even longer. While it is true that there are sometimes reasons to complain,  remember to channel it the right route.

Constant complaining means that you are either so used to it or that you are miserable at that job. And why would anyone want to voluntarily spend a moment longer at a job that makes them miserable?

Here are five signs to watch out for to know if you are a constant complainer

  1. Your co-workers’ expression falls when they realize that they have to work with you on a shift
  2. You lately find yourself talking to an empty room because everyone finds an excuse to leave the room when you start
  3. People no longer join in the discussion with you- they have already heard the talk so many times
  4. People talk about you behind your back
  5. Your co-workers have a nick-name for you, something like Debbie-downer

If you are a constant complainer, find that one person that would listen to you or find another opportunity where you would be more happy. Chances are that by this time, your co-workers are overloaded and no longer want to hear your constant complaints.

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Mentorship

It is often easy to overlook the importance of having a mentor but choosing the right mentor helps you flourish.  if you do it right and are able to select a mentor whose focus is on your growth and development, then you are doing something right. 

The importance of mentorship in Nursing cannot be overstated. While it is great to have a mentor at where you work, remember that it does not always have to be so.

Advantages of having a mentor

  1. You have someone you can trust to ask questions without feeling silly
  2. Your mentor has had the experience and can help guide you towards avoiding certain pitfalls
  3. Your mentor helps bring new opportunities your way
  4. Your mentor is your coach and motivator for those days when you feel discouraged

A mentor can be a great asset to have, so spend time thinking about someone whom you respect and feel would help guide you. It is of no use to have a mentor that is discouraging or that you feel you are a bother to. Find a good mentor.

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Welcome To a My Nurse Consultant

Welcome to My Nurse Consultant

We understand that we cannot be all things to everyone, so we won’t try to be.

  • If you are a nurse and are contemplating being in business yourself, this website is for you
  • If you have a loved one and having questions about their care, this website is for you
  • If you simply want to know more, this website is for you

Join us as we make a difference in the world, one life at a time.

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