It is time to create health care environments that allow nurses to work smart and to remove the obstacles that prevent nurses from using their full professional capacities. We owe it to our patients, and we owe it to ourselves.
Remember the adage [Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.]
Smart Nursing gives you a system of proven practices that encourages you to add your own input. It promotes cost-effective solutions; in fact, there are more than 500 no-cost suggestions available for your use.
We hope that Smart Nursing brings people together. All health care workers are important—managers of all levels and nurses, whatever their preparation. Physicians, trustees, and other non-nurses; professionals in other disciplines such as pharmacy, and dietary; and paraprofessionals should have input.
We need everyone's input. Learn to work together. Get in the habit of viewing challenges as opportunities. Become a lifelong learner.
Patients deserve our best efforts. When we provide it we will once again be able to look each other in the eye and say, [Congratulations on a job well done.]
In conclusion: Take action.