Breathe, Exhale Slowly and Revitalize during National Nurses Week

It’s that time of year when we celebrate all nurses across the country.  This year has been designated as Year of the Healthy Nurse and launches the grand challenge to improve the health of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. 

While nurses continue to be recognized as the most trusted profession, according to a 2014 Gallup survey, with that trust comes great responsibility. Specifically, the responsibility focused on upholding the highest level of quality and standards in our professional practice.

However, in order to maintain and advance our mission of quality and standards, we must first take care of ourselves and strive toward achieving a greater balance of mind, body and spirit.

So, let us all use this moment and take a deep breath for ourselves, our families and our professional contributions to healthcare. Breathe, exhale s-l-o-w-l-y and revitalize, because we have significant work ahead of us.

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I had the opportunity at HIMSS17 to address the nursing informatics community, acknowledging the overall impact and effective work of the nursing informatics profession. I also spoke to the challenges in the road ahead.

Recognize the Value of Nursing Informatics

As nurse informaticists, we are a critical and powerful voice to lead our nation, our communities and the individuals we serve into a purposeful transformation of healthcare.  The value of nursing informatics continues to expand; there is an increasing demand for it beyond EHR implementations to a cross-continuum digital strategy to support value-based care.

While progress continues, we must keep our foot on the gas pedal, driving toward IT and analytics that are invaluable, easy and transparent. We must continue to change the perception of IT, so that it is perceived not as technology, but instead, as an easily accessible capability available at one’s fingertips to help the clinician manage care and patients engage in their own health and wellness.

Lead New Models of Care

Evolving digital capabilities within new models of care will continue into the foreseeable future.  Who better to lead, design and innovate than nurses? We (nurses) know and engage in every aspect of the health continuum. We must join forces within the nursing profession and across the healthcare sector collaborating in the quest toward value-driven healthcare. 

I encourage all (of you) that we remain focused and find the elements of common ground to move the outcomes, quality and patient-safety needle forward and strengthen our position of engagement, knowledge and leadership.

Seize the Opportunities

Regardless of your role, you have the opportunity to engage, influence and make a difference…just seize it!

Mark Your Calendar: #Nurses4HIT Twitter Chat during #NursesWeek, May 10 – 1 p.m. CDT

As the primary trusted profession, our patients, families and consumers are relying on us to lead, innovate and transform.  So, while we take on this grand challenge to improve our own health as nurses, I ask you to continue with steadfast determination and advance the role and voice of nursing informatics into the future.

We have a forward path, as nurse informaticists, with many challenges to address and recognize National Nurses Week‘s Year of the Healthy Nurse. I say – take care of you …and make our own health a long-term priority, so that we become role models for those we lead and serve. Healthy nurses translate to healthy populations and communities.

Where are you and your health? Time for a status check. #HealthyNurseHealthyNation.

Celebrate National Nurses Week with HIMSS and attend the two complimentary webinars.

Blog posts in the HIMSS National Nurses Week series:

Finding Your Balance
The Artists of Healthcare
The Role of Nursing and Nursing Informatics in Population Health
Setting a Solid Foundation for Any Nursing Informatics Role

National Nurses Week