Self Motivation in Nursing
Published: 29 November 2015
Published: 29 November 2015
Maintaining our own motivation at work can be a challenge at times, let alone raising motivation of our team. Yet, the workplace is constantly changing and our ability to respond well to those changes depends on our own motivation and the motivation of our coworkers.
The rewards of a motivated healthcare team are greater healthcare outcomes and greater efficiency in healthcare delivery.
How do we motivate our staff? Developing your emotional intelligence will go a long way to improving your own and your staff’s levels of motivation. We cannot expect to see motivation from our staff unless we exhibit it in our own attitude and behaviour.
Our intrinsic motivators according to Daniel Goleman are:
Our extrinsic motivators are more tied to our ego and our need for significance.
Nurses who maintain their motivation in the fast-paced world of the healthcare setting will be using one or all of the following techniques:
Knowing how we motivate others is an important part of our leadership cache. It is equally important to appreciate some of the ways leaders and organisations demotivate their people.
Praise is an important part of motivating leadership. It releases two neurotransmitters – serotonin, which provides a feeling of pride and dopamine, which incentivises us to repeat a behaviour.
Expecting your staff to know what you need without clearly articulating what it is you want from your team makes it difficult for them to perform well and align with your goals. It leads to confusion and dissatisfaction on both sides of the equation.
Anxiety in a workplace reduces happiness and productivity. If you want your team to be open with you, to seek your counsel and to trust you, then creating an environment where they feel safe is essential.
People thrive when they are recognised for a job well done. According to Tony Robbins significance is a core human need. At a neurobiological level, Simon Sinek says that when we are recognised for our achievements it releases two neurotransmitters – serotonin, which provides a feeling of pride and dopamine, which incentivises us to repeat a behaviour.
Motivation is the responsibility of both the leader and the individual staff member. Removing the roadblocks so that motivation may flourish is an essential leadership skill.
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Janette Cooper is a registered nurse, currently working as a gastroenterology procedure nurse at Noarlunga Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Flinders University, and a certificate in Gastroenterology Nursing from The Queensland University of Technology. In 2012 she began a life coaching course with The Coaching Institute in Melbourne. It has allowed her to combine her two passions of nursing and personal development. She divides her time between gastroenterology nursing and promoting personal development and leadership by means of frequently published articles through Ausmed, leadership presentations and workshops and coaching health professionals wanting to develop their leadership potential. See Educator Profile