October 29, 2010

Celebrating the Holidays at Work

Posted in Nurse Education, Nurse Fashion, Nurses, Nursing Career, Nursing Tips tagged at 1:44 pm by Nursing Tales Team

We spend a lot of time in the place where we work, and that can make the holidays a tricky time of year.  Many people have different ways of celebrating holidays; and different holidays that they celebrate.  There is no reason why you shouldn’t want to or be able to show your holiday spirit at work.  The best rule of thumb is to simply keep things simple.  By doing this, you can make sure no one is offended at your celebratory mood.  Here are some tips for celebrating holidays at work.

  • Keep feasting to a minimum.  It is a well known fact that the holidays are wrought with food, especially unhealthy baked treats that bring pounds with them.  Rethink what you bring to work and how often you and your coworkers will indulge with food items.  When you work with patients, there is a high likelihood that they will bring in treats for office staff, which eliminates the need for you and your coworkers to also bring in snacks.  Talk with your coworkers and consider planning one big luncheon where everyone can sit and enjoy some time together over a healthy meal.
  • Keep socializing to a minimum.  It is important that the workplace remain professional at all times.  Even if everyone is excited about the impending holiday office party or is simply in a great festive mood, patient care and work responsibilities should always be priority number one.  There isn’t much to celebrate if you get behind in your work.  If the work day is very busy, perhaps the best idea is to plan a time when the office staff can hold a holiday celebration when there is time to relax and really get into the holiday spirit.
  • Giving gifts to coworkers can be a fun way to show how much you appreciate them.  Since ID lanyards are items widely worn in medical settings, these make the ideal gift for all of your coworkers.  The thing about ID lanyards is that they are useful tools; hence why they are used by the majority of medical professionals.  Many ID lanyards today feature retractable reels that allow cards to be swiped to gain access to secure areas.  Not only are these items very handy tools, they can also provide a way to dress up scrubs.

Everyone knows scrubs are worn for comfort, not fashion.  Even though scrubs come in a wide variety of styles, patterns and colors today, finding alternative ways to show personal style are always welcome.  The lanyard, when decorative and stylish, gives medical professionals a way to look and feel great at work.  Ideal gifts, indeed.

Check with office or department policy to make sure you plan decorations, dress and events in a way that stays in line with that policy.  The holidays are a time to celebrate, not a time to offend.  Through adequate communication, employees can easily come up with a way to celebrate holidays together, without leaving any particular cultural aspects out.  Through inclusive celebrations, it is possible to create a more cohesive team.

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October 27, 2010

The Act of Appreciation

Posted in Nurse Education, Nurse Fashion, Nurses, Nursing Career, Nursing Tips tagged at 1:20 am by Nursing Tales Team

Showing appreciation for a person or a thing enhances your opportunity to get more of it. This is a simple fact of life.  As a nurse, when you are feeling good about your job, coworkers, employer, etc.; you are riding a high emotion of appreciation and bringing more good things to your life through that emotion.

In the nursing profession, life is busy and there are many people’s needs to tend to.  We talk about this a lot; the need for medical professionals to de-stress and tend to their own needs to avoid becoming burned out.  Today, let’s take a look at the flip side of patting your own back and see how and when you can be the wings for someone you know.

Because of the stress that resides in the nursing profession, whether you work in a hospital, clinic or medical office, taking steps to create a congenial atmosphere pays off for everyone.  A staff who uplifts and encourages one another is a happy staff that works at a high level of productivity.  When you work with people who make your job enjoyable, it seems only natural to feel the desire to offer them a token of your appreciation every now and then.

We all do these types of things on special occasions; birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc.  But what if you began the habit of finding things to appreciate about more people you work with?  What if you took action and actually showed appreciation through a small gift or gesture?  Changes in the workplace could be started with one simple step of appreciation.  Here are a few very simple ways you can show appreciation at work.

  • Most medical professionals wear lanyards to hold their employee identification or security clearance.  This makes jewelry lanyards the ideal gift for the stylish medical professional.  There’s only so much you can do with scrubs, right?  Finding ways to show personal style in scrubs can be challenging, and jewelry lanyards do the trick at adding style to work attire.  Not only are jewelry lanyards ideal because of their reasonable cost; but they are such handy tools, everyone loves them.
  • Sometimes the best way to show appreciation for a coworker is to simply offer a helping hand when they need it.  Clearly, this doesn’t have to and shouldn’t interfere with your own responsibilities.  But if and when appropriate, you can chip in to help with tasks as you have time and inclination.
  • Appreciation is not about gifts, it is about letting someone know they have motivated, helped or inspired you.  If time is tight and your gratitude must be shown quickly, a simple note with words of appreciation goes a long way.

Appreciation doesn’t have to include a big show.  No elaborate or expensive gifts need to be purchased.  The point is that people who work together can take small steps to show their support for one another in little ways every day.  Maybe you want to bake cookies and bring them in for everyone to enjoy.  Maybe you need to recognize one person in particular that brightened your day.  Appreciation improves the work environment and might just lead others to do more for you too.