Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Thanksgiving is one of the most significant holidays for U.S. and Canadian nurses and their families. The holiday occurs in October for Canadians and in November in the U.S. This time of year was selected to show gratitude for a bountiful agricultural harvest. Similar holidays or festivals also occur in Germany, Japan, Liberia, The Netherlands, and some parts of Australia. In other countries, a variety of traditions exist to express gratitude for the harvest.
In light of these holidays and traditions, this seems like an optimal time to express an attitude of gratitude in relation to our profession. When you consider the important and meaningful work of nurses, the wide variety of opportunities for specialization and career development, the ability to earn a comfortable living, the honor of helping patients and families through their most challenging days, and the satisfaction of being one of the most trusted professions, you find we have many reasons to give thanks and to express our gratitude.
Take time to consider: What or who has contributed to your contentment, effectiveness, and success as a professional nurse? How should you give thanks for the “bountiful harvest of accomplishments” during your nursing career? Whom should you thank? Is there someone you should recognize, or honor for his or her contribution to your development or to the profession at large? What can you and your coworkers do to celebrate the important work of nurses?
According to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s global value statement, “We value and celebrate excellence. We are committed to excellence in all of our endeavors — for our members and for the nursing profession. We are proud of the reputation that STTI and our members have achieved. We safeguard this distinction by demonstrating integrity and adhering to the highest ethical standards.”
Honor, recognition, and celebration are core concepts within STTI. Entry into the honor society begins with acknowledgment and recognition for the scholarship and leadership of our inductees. Beyond the induction phase, STTI offers a wide range of opportunities to show honor, recognition, and gratitude for the important work and contributions of our members.
This is a great time to consider recognizing an individual colleague or a group of nurses through one of our International Awards for Nursing Excellence. The awards offer opportunities to recognize accomplishments in technology, research, leadership, media, practice, and chapter excellence. Nominations are open
until 1 March 2013. We are also currently seeking nominations for the new Clinical Partnership Award
, which recognizes clinical institutions that promote the values of our organization, including scholarship, leadership, and evidence-based practice.
Do you have a nurse researcher colleague or mentor who has made a national or international impact on nurses and the people we serve? If so, nominate him or her for the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The deadline for 2013 Hall of Fame nominations
is 5 December 2012. Researchers who are selected for this honor will be recognized at the annual International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, 22-26 July 2013.
Again, I challenge each of you to consider whom you can thank, whom you can recognize and how you can honor those individuals or groups. STTI awards are another great opportunity for you to “Give Back to Move Forward.”
Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, RN, COI
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International