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Why Medical Leaders Should Practice Gratefulness

Posted by ImageFIRST on Oct 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the holiday season approaches and more stressors begin to weigh on our shoulders, it’s important to remember all we have to be grateful for. Expressing gratitude not only makes the people around you happy, but it can improve your own mental health as well.

Many psychologists agree that practicing gratefulness can reduce stress, calm you and others around you, and ultimately make people happier. Especially in high-stress situations, it’s imperative to remain grateful.

Gratefulness in the Medical Industry

Believe it or not, practicing gratefulness directly applies to the medical industry. Staff members are always under a significant amount of stress between balancing patients, giving superior care, and juggling all the other tasks that they have. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. But medical leaders, doctors, and nurses need to remember to stay grateful and positive so that their patients are comfortable and satisfied.

If you’re managing a team of healthcare professionals, practicing gratitude can create staff engagement. If they see that you’re grateful for them, they will be satisfied and pass that on to patients. It’s a chain reaction: If you’re grateful for everyone around you, everyone will ultimately be happier.

According to Martie Moore, chief nursing officer at Medline Industries, Inc., showing an “attitude of gratitude” has been proven to increase nurse and staff engagement. Since healthcare workers are already more than twice as engaged as employees in other industries, it’s that much more important.

What You Can Do

Moore believes that even a simple “thank you” can inspire your staff to do their best. Other tokens of gratitude are sure to get them engaged as well, such as showing gratefulness publicly, giving incentives, and providing them with the most comfortable scrub uniforms in Kansas City, KS, (or wherever your medical facility happens to be).

By creating an “attitude of gratitude,” you’re also encouraging your staff to empower their teammates. This helps to tap into personal motivation and propel your facility and your staff members to succeed. Before you know it, everyone will begin to embrace a more positive mindset.

Of course, none of that matters if you aren’t practicing personal gratitude as well. Though it may be hard to put yourself first, it’s important to take care of yourself and strive to be your absolute best in order to inspire others.

ImageFIRST Helps Encourage Staff Engagement

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