Like many people in the US, I’m terribly excited about our recent election. I feel it was a clear message that “we the people” want our government to conduct it’s business differently. But more than that, it says we are ready to move beyond a “tolerance” (though sometimes it’s barely that) to acceptance that while we are all different, we are all the same.
Obviously, not everyone in the US feels this way. One just needs to look around at news reports, blog posts, the talk in the local diner, and email. Take my email for instance. There are people who love to forward all sorts of stuff…anything from jokes to opinion pieces. While some are cute, there are many that are internet “hoaxes”. Then there is another group…essentially hate mail for lack of a better term.
Those sending and forwarding this stuff come from all walks of life, and include, yes…even Nurse Practitioners.
This got me to thinking…how do your beliefs and values shape your business and practice?
Who are your clients and customers? What message are you giving them? Is your behavior, and the behavior of your staff, consistent with the ideals you have set forth? Do you have a mission statement and is your office culture congruent with it?
We as Nurse Practitioners, as health care providers, often speak about the need for health care to be available to everyone. Unfortunately, those are not the actions I often see or hear about.
For example, I was recently told that I am the only practice in town that will welcome those with HIV disease. In addition, I have patients who tell me they are more comfortable in my practice because they feel they are apart of “we the people” regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, ability to read and write, the language they speak or their view on the pro-life/pro-choice debate.
I was taught from an early age that we are all the same…regardless of our differences. My practice and business – indeed my life – reflect this. It’s a core value for me. We don’t have to agree with every view, but we don’t have the right to spread intolerance and hate.
What do you clients, patients and customers feel about your business? Is it inclusive or exclusive?