Nurses Week 2014 – Speech

Nurses week nationally begins May 6th and ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday May 12th. Although our nurses week celebration is ending the work and partnerships demonstrated this week are  far from over.We must challenge one another to demonstrate the characteristics of our nominees with every patient encounter


This week we are reminded, of the importance in the care we provide, and how special nurses are, but the truth is, the work we do goes beyond a week, month or a year, the memories we make with our patients, goes on for a lifetime.

Thank you for being transformational leaders, and a special thank you, to the Nurse Leaders who support them to be the best Nurses they can be.

The work and excellence demonstrated during this week is truly an indication of the greatness that lies in each and everyone one of us.- This is what Florence Nightingale envisioned-
As a profession we must hold one another accountable and take pride in the care we provide to every patient, every single time. It’s an exciting time to be a nurse. Healthcare reform has placed us at the forefront with the opportunity to be impactful on many levels. Let us leave today and remember our theme, to Lead the Way, by the American Nurses Association….We must model the behaviors of Professional Nurses, continue to foster an environment of evidence best practice and inspire one another. Thank you for all  you do!


*Edited version

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After the Evidence

Now that you know what the evidence shows, How are staff held accountable? As a healthcare community we must hold one another accountable in order to achieve great outcomes. I find workplace environments tend to have a hard time confronting small to large issues. The minute small issues go by without being addressing it is the minute it will develop into a systemic issue on your unit. Employees must hold one another accountable from the small things to the big things. Managers must ensure this level of accountability exists at a granular level. Managers must understand the players on their team. Managers must create “Just Cultures” to expand on evidence based practice frameworks.

New Graduate Nurses

Hi fellow nurses,
I am here to tell you that studying doesn’t end when you graduate. If you want to transition well make sure you take a good break before starting your new job and learn as much as possible when you start your new job. Get ready to take a core course for those of you going into specialty areas. Remember to go over your workday/medications when you work so you understand the flow of nursing. Don’t be embarrassed to write down notes to yourself. This will come in handy when you do things like admissions for the first time. Remember at any stage of the game starting a new job takes practice and dedication just like studying for the NCLEX.

Let’s Move! On your Mark, Get Set, Go

Every year I commit to running a race. This helps me to stay in shape and work out continuously to prepare for the race. I will be running a half marathon for the first time. I usually run 5 K’s. Training and race day is my time to connect with nature and think about future goals in different areas of life. How do you stay committed to living a healthy? One other trick that keeps me on track is dedicating doctor’s visits to a certain month. For example, September is primary care month. This is extremely helpful if you have to manage your health and the health of those you love. Take time out to schedule important appointment through out the year so your can stay on track. Plan ahead, Natalia