“You rock!” is a favorite phrase of mine. It’s my kudos sentence of choice, and it’s usually accompanied by a high five, a dance of some sort, or lots of finger pointing. It’s only natural to incorporate it into a postcard that’s perfect for Nurses Week or any other celebratory moment. Download it, print it, give it!
Sincere praise is always good.
It spurs us on. It edifies our work. It strengthens our resolve. It can be expected, or it can be a surprise. It can be public, and it can be private.
Many people think of managers as giving praise, but managers need praise, too. I know; I am one. I’ve relished praise from many, and I say that because there’s one form of praise that supersedes all others, in my opinion.
The most sacred praise, for a manager, comes directly from the manager’s team members. When it’s sincere, it’s melting and humbling and propelling and energizing. There is absolutely nothing like it.
Melt your manager this week – not with laser eyes but with honest words of thanks and praise.
It just makes me smile. I can think of many nurses I want to give this postcard-type card to. You can download, print, and give it to the nurses in your life, too. Be sure to write your personal-hero sentiments on the reverse!
I really love the idea of personalizing items in myriad ways. These two cards – outlined in either navy blue or hot pink – contain the same word search. You can leave the word search blank, or you can further personalize the card, highlighting or circling the specific words you want to emphasize.
All of the “searchable” words in the puzzle are: advocate, amazing, caring, diligent, fantastic, humble, intelligent, kind, knowledgeable, licensed, nurse, registered, rocking, stellar, vocational. Have fun!
You can download the navy blue card here.
You can download the hot pink card here.
Nurses Week is May 6-12. I’m certain you know a nurse (likely a lot of ‘em), and you need to start planning now if you want to let each of them know how important they are to you or to your organization.
I plan to do my part to help you acknowledge and honor the nurses around you while ensuring you don’t break the bank. I’ll publish free, printable cards until Nurses Week, so you can be sure to find one or a few cards to celebrate the nurses in your life.
Most of the cards will be broad enough to use throughout the year, as well. Bonus!
I love sending notes to people I work with. They really do make work better. Just sayin’ it like it is! There’s probably someone around you that makes work better, too. Download and print this puppy out and let him or her know!
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, written by Sean Covey, is an excellent children’s book. It follows the same seven habits presented by Stephen Covey in his 1989 published The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I read the original book in graduate school, but I had no idea the kids’ book existed until my children’s elementary school started working through the Leader in Me school-transformation model, in which every aspect of the school – from kindergarten to fifth grade, the library to the nurse’s office – follow and are guided by the seven habits.
I really love that my kiddos are learning these vital skills early. Seriously, this stuff is MBA reading illustrated into cuddly animals and practical stories any child (or adult) can relate to. In my kids’ school, each classroom has one copy of the book, and it’s an honor to get to take the book home over the weekend. My six-year-old daughter received the privilege this weekend, and we read through the entire book – all seven habits and corresponding stories and “practice point” questions and tips – in about 45 minutes.
It was lovely. My daughter clearly grasped the meaning of each of the seven habits; she has no problem applying them to everyday situations, which is awesome. And, I even put down the book once we finished it, thinking about the seven habits in my own life.
Are there any other parents working through this book and school model with their children? Or, are there any school nurses actually applying the seven habits into nursing practice? What do you think about the book and the concepts?
So a smidgen of my reading for the week included:
A little bit of frustration – with the system, the “man,” or whatever – goes a long way. A little bit of frustration is healthy, in my opinion. It keeps us passionate. It keeps us advocating. It keeps us moving forward because we know whatever “it” is shouldn’t be this frustrating.
A lot of frustration, on the other hand, is no good. It’s just overwhelming. It leads to burnout.
Everything in moderation, folks…including frustration. If you have too much at the moment, push back from the table to limit your intake and let things settle and remember that a little goes a long way to effect change.
Here’s a sampling of my informal reading this week:
What articles in the hydrant-force information stream caught your attention this week?