“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
– Margaret Cousins, social reformer and women’s activist
Meaningful recognition is an important component of our Professional Practice Model in the Department of Nursing, and this issue of Heart and Science is filled with examples of how we acknowledge each other’s special gifts, talents and contributions to our caring community.
Our internal recognition programs, including Partners in Excellence, Brigham Way and the DAISY Award program, are important opportunities to celebrate each other. These programs shine a light on exemplary professional practice and allow us to learn from the example of our colleagues.
I was pleased to see many members of our department honored with Partners in Excellence Awards and equally touched to see so many of you nominating your colleagues in appreciation of their outstanding work.
Year-round, staff can nominate a colleague for the Brigham Way with a simple email indicating how someone went above and beyond their responsibilities to enhance the experience of a patient, colleague or visitor. (See the related story.)
It is also heartwarming to hear from patients and their loved ones through the DAISY Award nominations about how a nurse demonstrated compassion.
Please continue to recognize each other, whether you nominate someone for an award, send them or their leader a note of thanks or acknowledge them in other ways. These gestures allow us to lift each other up and invigorate our community with positive energy.
With warm regards,
Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services