Nursing & Motivation

Nurses would love their job so much more if they were given the opportunity to be creative (create), find automony (self-direct), find purpose, and add meaning to what they do 8-12 hours a day.

This post was an email from Carolyn Newstrom

I saw this on Twitter today and just had to share it here with you. There is a tie-in to nursing here…big time.

I think this video explains the huge missing link between hospital administrators and nursing. Nurses would love their job so much more if they were given the opportunity to be creative (create), find automony (self-direct), find purpose, and add meaning to what they do 8-12 hours a day. Right now their job is so filled with a set of prescribed tasks that they sometimes feel they need more money in order to “make it all worthwhile”. As a profession, I think we may be stuck back at the level of “carrot & stick” due to the fact that it *is* so task oriented. Although more money is a good thing, in this day and age, it’s also a hard thing to come by. It seems to me that patients (and indirectly, organizations) would benefit so much more from a nursing team who felt good about what they do, felt invested in their job, and were getting a great deal of satisfaction from the work they do. There is a way to get there. I’m sure of it, but it would require a cultural shift at the organizational level which is not an easy task.

Is there a way we can tap into this principle, expand upon it, and perhaps spread the word?

With regards,

Carolyn


One Response to “Nursing & Motivation”

  1. Ray Sales RN
    September 24, 2010 at 2:22 am #

    Task is good but the world is changing were moving towards the informatics age, we need to be more politically acitve in the profession so Nurses can have more voice on certain issues. Health care insurance will take a big turn soon, hopefully it’s for the better. Somebody has to do it the old fashioned way and Nurses are good at going back to basics in terms of caring for patients.

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