Happy Nurses Week to all 3 million nurses strong. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It’s a perfect time to celebrate and recognize the dedication and contributions of every staff member. It’s also a time to reflect on the numerous changes in climate, workload and overall care delivery that show how far we have come as a profession.
This year’s theme, “Nurses Leading the Way,” is perfect for 2014, as it instills the notion that all nurses are leaders, and leading the way is our calling. Building relationships with all departments is what nurses do endlessly and effortlessly. Skilled and effective communication is what we strive for on a daily basis. It is difficult, but if we see ourselves as the networking agent or even the chief communication officer, we can bring a sense of inclusivity and engagement to our work environment. Sharing information, requesting input, and even being vulnerable is where our true skills rest.
Later this week, I have the honor and privilege to speak at the “Every Nurse a Leader” Conference at Presence Health’s Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Chicago. The main objective of this all-day conference is instilling leadership in all nurses. I am most looking forward to the greeting from Jackie Medland, RN, Ph.D., CNO, as she embraces the audience with her warmth, authentic spirit and welcome. She is a role model for nurses leading the way.
This week, let’s remember the amazing nurses of the past and celebrate the greatness of those present. Thank you to all nurses from the bottom of my heart! I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know how you are celebrating National Nurses Week.