Meaningful Recognition

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A healthy work environment starts with recognizing team members for the value they bring to your organization. Although nursing is one of the most rewarding professions, it can also be among the most challenging. Having systems in place to recognize nurses in a way that is individualized and meaningful can help provide a well-deserved honor and enhance a sense of value, leading to greater nurse fulfillment.

Standard Definition

Nurses must be recognized and must recognize others for the value each brings to the work of the organization.

Critical Elements

For Organizations

  1. The health care organization has a comprehensive system in place that includes formal processes and structured forums that ensure a sustainable focus on recognizing all team members for their contributions and the value they bring to the work of the organization.
  2. The health care organization establishes a systematic process for all team members to learn about its recognition system and how to participate by recognizing the contributions of colleagues and the value they bring to the organization.
  3. The health care organization’s recognition system reaches from the bedside to the boardroom, ensuring individuals receive recognition consistent with their personal definition of meaning, fulfillment, development, and advancement at every stage of their professional career.
  4. The health care organization has processes in place to nominate team members for recognition in local, regional, and national venues.
  5. The health care organization’s recognition system includes processes that validate the recognition is meaningful to those being acknowledged.
  6. The health care organization regularly and comprehensively evaluates its recognition system, ensuring effective programs that help move the organization toward a sustainable culture of excellence that values meaningful recognition.

For Individuals

  1. Team members understand that everyone is responsible for playing an active role in the organization’s recognition programs and meaningfully recognizing contributions.

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