A Platform for Thanking Your Nurse
A new platform has been created that allows you to thank your Nurse for how they helped change your life, or just the way they might have made your day with a smile.
Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude to all parties involved. The research suggests these benefits are available to most anyone who practices gratitude, even in the midst of adversity, such as women with breast cancer and people coping with chronic muscular disease. Studies also show the rate of turnover for new nurses is 30% for the first year and up to 57% by the second year, as reported by American Nurse Today. Nurses are burned out and need our appreciation!
DohJe is facilitating that appreciation by making it easy to share gratitude and raise the morale of nurses and other staff. Patients can easily thank their nurse (even if they can’t remember their name) and staff can thank each other from any phone or computer.
“I wanted to thank an amazing nurse after I left the hospital, but it was tough to track her down afterward,” says Amanda Krantz, CEO of DohJe. “My team and I built DohJe to solve that problem.”
The website, www.dohje.com, launched with first partner, Mountain Midwifery Center, on National Nurses Day 2013. A few months later, RN Elspeth C., who had a hand in the creation of DohJe, helped bring the platform to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The nurses at both facilities were vital in shaping DohJe into the simple and effective tool it is today.
The nurses at Delta County Memorial Hospital recognize the benefits of gratitude on a daily basis, now. The staff have been participating in a Harvard Business School research study on gratitude in the healthcare workplace.
“DohJe is one of the best, most underestimated tools that we have. Receiving a DohJe makes my day, and a small amount of gratitude goes a long way.” – Michelle V., RN, Delta County Memorial Hospital.
DohJe recently partnered with Hilltop Community Resources, and it allows family members of residents in assisted living and home care to directly thank the staff who care for their loved ones many miles away. A step that can go to make a big difference when worrying about relatives from far away.
Last year for National Nurses Week, DohJe was featured on Aol’s homepage in the “Make A Difference” campaign. People across the country shared amazing notes of gratitude, which were delivered to nurses and other staff across the country. Some of the messages were a simple, “Thanks!”, yet others were heartfelt stories of amazing people helping one another through the most difficult of situations or joyous occasions.
“Words cannot express my thanks to you for the care you gave to my wife. You were genuinely concerned about her care and comfort after surgery, even to the point of staying well past the end of your shift to make sure the care Julia needed was offered. You then took to time to find me in the waiting room to make sure I knew what the plan was for the next hour. Although you made sure Julia was not “allowed” to mow the lawn, etc., your humor made a difficult time bearable. You are a credit to your profession and a great role model for your peers and any nursing students to see a ‘true professional.’”
Stories like these are everywhere; feelings of fear being calmed by empathetic people. We don’t always know their names or have the wherewithal to thank them at that perfect time, or even soon thereafter. We know that nurses and other healthcare heroes go into medicine to help us, that it’s their job, but this extraordinary care, this connection that they facilitate, is pure magic. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way, and with DohJe it takes only 2 minutes to share it.
In honor of National Nurses Week, DohJe made this short video love-letter to nurses featuring the photos of care staff at partnering organizations: https://youtu.be/Ul39OlbdaDY AND Cherokee Scrubs and DohJe are giving away 3 sets of scrubs from their new spring line for Nurses Week! You have two ways to win: 1- Share this video and tag #dohje on Twitter or Facebook, and/or 2- use DohJe to thank a nurse co-worker, or any nurse, anywhere. We will pick one share-er and two gratitude senders on Friday, May 13. Yes, the more you share and the more you thank, the better your odds of winning.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help get your organization using DohJe.
DohJe is an innovative recognition and retention platform for healthcare and is collaborating with hospitals, birth centers, and clinics across the country to provide real-time gratitude to staff and patients. The company was founded in 2013 with offices in Bend, OR and Denver, CO. To read more stories of gratitude, check out #dohjetuesday on Twitter.
This post was sponsored in part, by Cherokee Uniforms
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By Scrubs Staff