Apr 8, 2019 | Leadership
Happy April, all. I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said that I am sad to see this winter go. I am so looking forward to getting back outside, enjoying the fresh spring air and resurfacing from lunch hour walks in our tunnel to enjoying the scenery of our beautiful campus. I wanted to take April’s blog opportunity to write about nominations for our President’s Awards and May’s upcoming celebration of Nurses’ Week. For our HDGH People, our dedicated staff, April is the month where we hope you all take the time to nominate a worthy colleague for an HDGH President’s Awards and/or Scholarship. Whether it be for a well-deserving rookie, an outstanding team or a colleague that you think has made an outstanding contribution to the patient experience, these are a range of categories where nominations are welcome. Heroes, champions and role models. There are always times when someone goes beyond the call of duty. For example, just the other day I had the pleasure of spending a few moments on 2South thanking an outstanding nurse Didi Kayisangwa who was nominated by her team for her visible commitment to providing values based care. I was struck by how happy and proud the 2South team were that Didi had been nominated and recognized – it is an important part of our culture at HDGH that we celebrate each other’s success and support each other’s challenges. In talking with Didi, it was clear that she is unafraid to speak of the joy and love she has for her patients and her extended family on 2South. It was the highlight of my week and it left me thinking of how far we’ve come as a hospital. HDGH is an organization that cheers each other on and I couldn’t be more pleased to get to be a part of that. Recognition isn’t just for our HDGH family to thinking about. Indeed, for all my readers who may be a past HDGH patient/client or loved one of a patient/client, there is an opportunity for you too! If you experienced or are currently experiencing care that goes above and beyond by an HDGH staff member, please consider nominating this special individual. This year, our annual President’s Awards celebration happens at the end of May and is always one of my favorite events at our hospital. Not only do we recognize the contributions and successes of our people, but I also get the chance to meet their families, loved ones and friends that have attributed to their accomplishments. I look forward to this event and having the opportunity to thank all the individuals who help our HDGH staff bring their best selves to work each day – they can’t do what they do without the love and support of family and friends.
Nominations for all our President’s Awards are now open on the HDGH intranet until April 26!
It’s also important to note that as we approach the National Nurses’ Week from May 6 -12th, we are also now accepting nominations for the Jeanne Mance Extraordinary Care and the Lori Dupont Bursary in Nursing that recognizes either a nurse from HDGH or Windsor Regional Hospital who exemplify extraordinary nursing care.
Each year, there is a compelling theme for national Nurses’ Week. The 2019 theme being “A Voice to lead – Health for All.”
As a RN myself, I know that every nurse has a voice and a story. Some of our stories are ones of triumph and some are of loss however in every story there is care, compassion, excellence in care and love for our community. This year’s theme recognizes that our work goes beyond accessible health services, but lends itself to a state of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health that helps our patients lead meaningful lives. In my own life I remember those patients and families and those colleagues that inspired me, taught me, humbled me and at times challenged me. Think for a moment as you read this of the nurses in your life and your work and consider acknowledging their care, their passion, their professionalism, their voice for health and nominate them for one of our awards.
As a wrap this up, the very obvious theme of recognition runs through my words here this month. I truly believe we don’t take enough time to recognize the people who have positively affected our work or lives. Recognition doesn’t always need to come in from of a nomination or awards ceremony- often for us at HDGH, it comes in the form of a simple thank you – a thank you for your hard work, thank you for caring enough for your patient that you stop for a moment to provide comfort, thank you for going that little bit extra to remind someone they are worthy and human, or to hear a thank you for just being present when someone needed not to be alone. I don’t believe awards and recognition make any of us better at what we do but it is validation that someone pays attention and cares enough to acknowledge us.
At HDGH we pay attention and we acknowledge how fortunate we are to do the work we do and that so many caring and professional staff commit themselves to this vision and mission we share.
For that I am honoured to say thank you.
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