Friday, August 31, 2018

The Next Generation of Nurse Leaders

This week, I was very excited to attend the graduation ceremonies for our nurses in the residency program. Twenty-five nurses finished the one-year long program, which was capped off by the presentation of their evidence-based nursing research projects. It was wonderful to see so many smart, well-trained, and dedicated young people who have committed to a career of service to others.

The GBMC HealthCare System is committed to being a learning organization. This requires that we have people, with profound curiosity, who are ready to deeply study our processes and to adjust them based on what they learn. This is the fundamental reason why we do Lean Daily Management every morning. I was so happy to see these young nurses already displaying their profound curiosity. Their projects ranged from ways to optimize scheduling and decrease errors during shift changes to developing best practices for patient bathing to minimize infection. They used evidence-based research to find ways to improve parental-infant bonding in the delivery room and to reduce alarm fatigue.

Sharon M. Rossi, MS, RN, CSSM, Director of Perioperative Services, gave a wonderful keynote address in which she encouraged the graduates to be life-long learners. Sharon also pointed out the need to find time to “recharge” and to never forget to be kind.

There are many careers that are “easier” than being a nurse…but there are few as rewarding. I left the graduation ceremony proud of all the graduates and assured that their futures are bright. The GBMC HealthCare System’s future is bright as well, in large part because they are with us!
Labor Day
As our country celebrates the hard work of the American people this Labor Day holiday, some of us will enjoy a three-day weekend. But, many of our colleagues will be working. Please let me thank all the phenomenal people of the GBMC HealthCare System for their labor towards our vision. What makes a healthcare system truly outstanding is not the technology or the facilities, but the people. I want to thank all of you who make our health system strong because you go to work every day to serve others!

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