Yesterday afternoon, we celebrated one of our nurses who received recognition among her peers. With National Nurses Week next week (Happy Nurses Week!), this was the beginning of our celebration.
As our system chief nursing officer detailed why this particular nurse was receiving recognition, our award-winning nurse started to realize she was the one being honored.
Nicole, the nurse being recognized, started to tear up even before her name was announced. Of course, there were not too many dry eyes (mine included) when you saw the impact this recognition meant to her.
She indicated she was having a really difficult day and this honor could not have come at a better time. She stated it reminded her why she went into this profession. I have talked about this in the past and question people regularly on what inspired them to enter their profession and what keeps them inspired.
Even the other day, I asked a guy at a local convenient store what he enjoys most about working there. His answer ... it is good to have a paycheck; I get to pay my bills, provide for my family and spend quality time with friends. As for the time he is on shift, he said he really enjoys the interaction with customers. There was so doubt he was sincere.
And years ago, Alan "Maz" Maslan, a college friend of mine discussed what he shared with his workforce to keep them inspired.
He said, "Whether you are here by choice or necessity, you are here, and I am glad you are here. Today, you will go into people's homes and see them at a very nerve-wracking time in their life. You enter the house when they have fear and disgust and only you can get things better in this situation. While they may wish they do not need your services, they are always glad to see you and know things will be better when you leave." -- Maz worked in the pest control business.
What do you do to refresh and remember why you went into the healthcare field and how do you tap into what keeps you inspired? Take that same inspiration and share it with your colleagues and those you care for on a daily basis.
Scott Kashman serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida.