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Nursing News: Developing a Sense of Community is Crucial to Nursing Professionals

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 19th, 2012

Developing a sense of community is important when you consider that nursing professionals often spend as much time with one another as they do with family members.  During tough times like we are experiencing in healthcare today, it is important for leaders to place an emphasis on building community, camaraderie, and a sense of teamwork in the workplace. Having a sense of community also helps with work life balance, a major struggle for most nurses.Nurse community

Nursing research proves that nurses have an innate need to feel connected and valued; that they belong to a larger whole. To foster this positive work environment it is crucial to develop a shared vision consensus among members in the purpose of work and common values.

Every nurse must feel like a valued member of the team and recognized for the unique gifts they bring.  To build community, nurse leaders should recognize these individual differences and capitalize on each person’s strengths.

Strong communities are also built in an environment of trust, where gossip and criticism are not tolerated.

To learn more ways to strengthen your team, contact me today at leann@leannthieman.com.

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.

 

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