ANONYMOUS QUESTION FROM THE BLOG
There are quite a few nurses working in IS and I’ve noticed that we get no recognition/gifts/etc during nurses week like the floor nurses do at the hospital. Although we may not be working as bedside nurses, we are nurses and frequently have to rely on our nursing skill set while working with colleagues. Just curious as I know other organizations honor their IT nurses during nurses week.
This is a great question and I am glad it was asked. I’ll admit that when reading it, I felt bad that I had not considered this. I certainly knew that two weeks ago we celebrated Nurses Week on campus and that this past week we celebrated Hospital Week but, for some reason, I thought of it as a Health System only celebration. Obviously, I am very aware that we have many nurses working in IS and I know all our nurses (and their nursing skills and knowledge) are essential to our success. One of the things I dislike about being in leadership is that there just isn’t enough time to honor our staff and show everyone just how much we value them and value their contribution.
Now, I do want to say that I had been thinking that we need to honor IT professionals much like the Health System did with Nurses recently. Back in March of this year, I asked Barbara Beyonce to find out if there was an IT professionals week (I promise…I have the e-mails to prove it). Barbara found National Health IT Week which this year is September 15-19, 2014. We will definitely be honoring our teams and celebrating this in September.
However, back to the question about honoring our nurses, we definitely should do this to honor our nurses so look for an IS-wide celebration during an upcoming week in May or June. If you have suggestions about what we should do, please send me an e-mail. We will inquire with the Health System about the things they did. In future years, we will honor our nurses at the same time the Health System does. Todd