Cultivating Kindness: National Skilled Nursing Care Week

05/10/2023 Written by: AP Senior Living Team

Each May, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) honors the essential role skilled nursing care centers play in providing quality care to millions of America's seniors and individuals with disabilities. This year's National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) theme, held May 14-20, 2023, is Cultivating Kindness.

Kindness is a fundamental human value that promotes empathy, compassion, understanding, and respect for others. It has a profound impact on our well-being, and when we show kindness to others, it can significantly impact their well-being too. In nursing, kindness holds immense significance.

  • Kindness lies at the heart of patient-centered care by helping alleviate patients' fears, anxiety, and distress, fostering a positive healing experience.
  • Kindness builds trust, enhancing communication, encouraging patients to openly express their concerns, and enabling nurses to provide personalized care that aligns with their patients' preferences and needs.
  • Simple acts of kindness, such as holding a patient's hand, offering a comforting word, or actively listening, can bring solace and reassurance.
  • Research suggests that kind and caring interactions between healthcare providers and patients contribute to better health outcomes.

Kindness is not only important for patients but also within the nursing profession itself. A culture of kindness and mutual support among healthcare professionals fosters a positive work environment, strengthens teamwork, reduces burnout, enhances job satisfaction, and improves overall morale.

Each person in the long term and post-acute care community contributes to improving the quality of life of all residents by providing a home away from home that allows them to have the essential connections they need to thrive. NSNCW shines a light on the experience, expertise, and compassion nurses embody to deliver patient-centered and family-focused care

AssuredPartners applauds all nurses and caregivers for their excellence, knowledge, and kindness as they work hard daily to keep us all safe and healthy! We are exceptionally proud to recognize and thank our team of registered nurses that are part of our Senior Living team.

While your concentration is on keeping your residents and patients safe, we are concentrated on keeping your risks at a minimum. Contact the AssuredPartners Senior Living team today to discover all the resources available to clients to support your facility and nursing staff.

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