Nurses, and especially talented nurses, are the heart and soul of the health care system as we know it. Their immense job responsibilities extend beyond the clinical knowledge to care for individuals at every level of trauma. They are expected to manage the emotional health and well-being of families, multitask cases beyond the hours in a day, work on their feet with little rest and be on call 24/7.

Beyond that, the good ones, and there are many, have an innate sense of what goes unspoken by a patient in a stressful situation and reads the right course of action. They use persuasion to ensure their patients are delivering world-class care and they work around the clock, often at odd hours. They are unsung heroes. Often, not receiving the recognition and appreciation they so well deserve.

So this week, during National Nurses Week, we at Talent Plus celebrate them. We celebrate their courage, their strength, their stamina, their knowledge and their empathetic care.

That’s a lot to celebrate and we know it well because Talent Plus is the Leading Talent Assessment Partner in Health Care around section, development and analytics. We use science to measure the performance of highly talented nurses across the country and are proud to partner with many superior health care clients to make sure the nurses they employ not only deliver great care, but positively impact the bottom line of the health care centers they work within.

We know top-performing nurses drive the highest HCHAPS scores, are the front-line warriors who ensure readmission rates are low and are the face of engagement for a patient at a time in their life when they are experiencing something unexpected or unwelcomed.

“America’s 3 million nurses make up the largest segment of the health care workforce in the United States, and nursing is currently one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. Despite that growth, demand is outpacing supply.” And, “according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million vacancies will emerge for registered nurses between 2014 and 2022.*”

So, doesn’t it make sense that when we have the opportunity to celebrate the nurses who are already putting in the hours, doing the hard work and often overlooked for the contribution they make to health care in our society, we take that opportunity?

Cara Weese spends her days working at Talent Plus, where she has learned new lessons about how important finding people with a talent for health care is. This blog highlights Nurses Week 2018.

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*The Atlantic, Feb 3 2016, Rebecca Grant, “The U.S. is Running Out of Nurses”