Debi’s Desk: Please Remember the Employee Engagement Survey

Debi Albert, Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care ServicesDear colleagues,

By now, you should have all received an email with information about the 2015 Employee Engagement Survey. It is one of the most significant communication tools the University of Chicago Medicine has to get feedback from every employee about how the organization is doing in a number of key areas – many of which are crucial to nursing.

I urge you to participate in this survey. It lets all of us know what we are doing right and, perhaps more importantly, where we need to improve.

We all share in the responsibility to make our workplace better. This is one of the key ways to have a voice in the process. Ultimately, our patients and their families are the main beneficiaries of a great medical center that is dedicated to quality and safety and a culture that promotes openness, diversity and equality.

A key initiative to highlight how we’re doing is our new Making A Difference Every Day campaign. Launched in May, this institution-wide employee recognition program identifies faculty and staff who go above and behind their normal duties to improve the lives of our patients and co-workers. Past awardees include several of our nurses, physicians, front desk employees and support services staff. Hearing stories from our patients and peers of how these individuals made a difference is the highlight of my day. Read more about it in Nursing Edition.

I also wanted to bring to your attention the 2015 Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium is coming Oct. 2. Learn more about it here.

Please review the agenda and objectives for the conference. As you are doing that, I want to point out that the three keynote speakers are all former University of Chicago Nursing colleagues who have become national figures in research and clinical science. Come and help us recognize their expertise and celebrate their achievements.

Enjoy the rest of the summer,

Debi

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