attitude of gratitude

Health environments need to nurture an “attitude of gratitude” says Planetree organization’s book Putting Patients First.  I agree – you can never say thank you too much.

Unexpectedly, I stumbled upon the kind words of Shirley Galenza, the Director at the Centre of Professional Nursing Education at MacEwan University.

She mentioned my speaking engagement in February in the Centre of Professional Education’s Nursing PRN magazine.

I reflected on the people who most inspired me this year.  Interestingly, it was not a renowned scholar or leader in nursing or education; instead, it was a speaker at our 2013 Every Nurse Counts Symposium, Sue Robins.  She reminded me – and I think many others in the room – why we chose nursing as a career, and more importantly, why we choose to stay in nursing.  As the mother of a child who has been in and out of hospitals, Sue’s simple thank you to all the nurses – LPN, RN, NP and Nursing attendants – reminded us that what we do as nurses makes a huge difference to the patients and families we work with.

The full text is contained here, on Page 3.

Shirley’s words made my day.  This shows me how a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way to encourage us to keep up doing what we do. Thank you, Shirley for that.

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