5. May 2014
As I reflect on Nurses Week I would like to share with each of you how proud I am to work with such a wonderful group of talented colleagues. It is the time of the year when we again honor the hard work, dedication and leadership of our nurses. The theme of this year’s nurse’s week is “Nurses Leading the Way.”
Whether rounding on the units or reading our very positive feedback from patients and families I reflect on how lucky we are to still be considered one of the most trusted and respected professions. We have truly integrated Jean Watson’s theory of caring into practice at Ellis Medicine! To that end I would like to share with you some of the recent feedback from our patients and families:
- “Throughout my Mother’s stay we were surrounded by staff that was professional, compassionate, patient, caring, approachable and emotionally supportive.”
- “Everyone in the ER was attentive and caring in spite of the fact that the Emergency Room was filled with patients awaiting care.”
- “Overall your staff was calming, professional and caring towards me, my grandfather and my family when we were in our time of need.”
- “The nurse in charge was amazing. He was a male nurse. He was wonderful, very polite, well mannered, saw to my needs and made sure I was comfortable. Also saw the same thing with the PA, doctor all were very polite, caring and concerned.”
- “This was my first experience ever as a patient in a hospital. I was born at home 79 years ago. Your staff, doctors, nurses and various people brought me all kinds of services during my stay, they were all simply fantastic.”
- “I’d like to thank you for your care of my Dad during his remaining hours on earth. Please know your kindness, professionalism, compassion, humor and skills really helped us all during Dad’s final hours.”
According to Watson, caring is a nurse’s identity and when caring is fully actualized, a patient’s world can become more secure, brighter, richer and larger. These comments expressed by our patients and their families, demonstrate how each one of you embrace your patients with care and compassion. Your level of professionalism and the care you give to each of your patients is seen by all whom you touch.
Thank you so much for all you do to promote excellence in patient care!