Give praise when it’s due, don’t wait for the farewell party
Nurses know they have a duty to raise concerns, but it's also good practice to give positive feedback and show colleagues your appreciation
My partner recently changed jobs. She found leaving the unit where she had nursed for many years an emotional experience. Amid the excitement of new beginnings lay sadness because of what she was leaving behind.
Yet as her last shift approached she was showered with praise and goodwill from colleagues and patients, so when she finally said goodbye there was a sense that she had made a difference. Much as I was delighted that she departed on such a positive note, it led me to wonder how we can all show appreciation on a day-to-day basis instead of waiting for the farewell party.
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