We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about hospital employee recognition programs.
After all, healthcare is going through a lot of change right now. New innovations, a changing political climate, and … a need for more nurses.
You don’t build a house without its foundation.
You don’t build a hospital without its nurses.
No-one needs a thank-you more than your favorite nurse. It’s a high-caring, high-stress profession, and often their efforts might go overlooked. But on the hospital floor, their expertise is gold.
The Atlantic Magazine shows that we may be facing a nursing shortage. The baby boomer generation is aging and needs more care. In many states, primary care has shifted to nurse practitioners. And our most experienced nurses are aging out of the workforce faster than we can train their replacements.
And, then there’s burnout. Nursing is a high-empathy and high-stress job. Over time, burnout is a serious risk. And it affects patient care. (You don’t have to take our word for it. Studies back us up.)
Constant attention by a nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
— Dag Hammarskjold
So, it pays to have hospital employee recognition programs that boost nurses’ engagement.
Here’s what to expect from effective hospital employee recognition programs:
- Say thank you regularly and in real time
- Build teamwork on the hospital floor
- Reduce stress on the job and at home with self-care themed rewards
- Include learning opportunities in your recognition program
In the end, having a supportive work environment and a great team are the best ways to keep your valuable nurses happy.
Here’s the good news: We’ve put together a guide of 22 Creative Employee Reward Ideas for Nurses to help you do just that.
From offering support for aching feet to ways to use your hospital resources as learning tools, the guide is set up to help you have hospital employee recognition plans that boost engagement.
So, download the guide today and see how you can make your favorite nurse a little happier.