- What I Learned: Welcome to week 13! The end is near, and I am getting pretty excited. This week we learned and talked about motivation in the workplace… I learned how important it is to be sure that the nurses working on a unit (or in any job really) feel motivated and excited about their work, careers, job, hospital, and team. Increased motivation typically means increased quality care and safety for patients. I also learned a lot about different strategies that can be used to create a motivating climate. Some of the ones that stuck out most in my head include encouraging employees to voice concerns, allow for flexible schedules if possible, become your employees’ friends, be fair and consistent, encourage team work, and reward desired behaviors.
- Team Activity Recap: This week we had a team discussion that had us pretend that we were a nurse leader on a unit and were tasked to come up with a 7-part program that would motivate the staff members on our unit. It was really interesting and beneficial for me to read the creative ideas that my team members came up with. We had a lot of similar ideas, but there were also many ideas that I hadn’t thought of. I was grateful to be able to read their ideas and responses because most of my team members are currently working, and I am not. This allowed me to gain some insight from real-life experiences that they have gained through their work. I loved Nate’s idea to be on top of conflict resolution and limit any gossiping or back biting. This is something I didn’t think of, however it can most certainly tank the unit’s morale and diminish employee motivation. Overall, my team and I worked really well together this week with participating in the group discussion and consensus.
- Applying to My Career: When I become a nurse leader one day, I hope I am able to implement the various strategies and ideas that I have read about and learned from this unit’s readings, lecture, PowerPoint, and team discussion. More than anything, I want my employees to respect me as their leader, but also feel that I am their friend. I think that this type of employee-staff relationship can do wonders for many things on the unit, including employee satisfaction and motivation. Until then, when I become a bed-side nurse I will try to participate and be involved with any of the ideas that my nurse leaders come up with to help increase unit motivation. I will also take personal measures to try to find ways to increase my own individual motivation each day. For me, this will consist of coming up with small and long term goals that I can personally work to accomplish each shift.
- Personal Feelings: This was a good week. I’ve written a couple papers on nurse burnout, and I feel like the things and motivation strategies we’ve discussed this week are things that can really prevent it, or at least greatly delay it from occurring. I hope that the unit I work on soon will try hard to create an environment of motivation because it really does feel good to be recognized for the hard work we put in as nurses to care for our patients. I know that in school, the teachers that made a real effort to motivate their students to do well and be good nurses had the greatest impact on me as a student.
Motivation clipart: https://workplaceinsight.net/lack-of-motivation-at-work-impacts-both-performance-and-mental-health/