FEATURESActs of Caring Nurses Caring for NursesLongo, Joy DNS, RNAuthor Information College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Correspondence: Joy Longo, DNS, RN, College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431 ([email protected]). I would like to thank Dr. Anne Boykin and Dr. Patricia Liehr for their review of this manuscript. Holistic Nursing Practice: January/February 2011 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 8-16 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181fe2627 Buy Metrics Abstract Caring behaviors displayed toward nurses by nurse managers and nurse peers play a significant role in establishing relationships that promote a healthy work environment. A qualitative study was done to identify behaviors perceived to be caring toward nurses. The theoretical background used for the study was Nursing as Caring by Boykin and Schoenhofer. Data were collected from focus groups consisting of registered nurses currently employed in the practice setting. Content analysis was used for the analysis. The overarching category that was identified was tending to a caring environment. The following emergent categories were also found: caring through helping and supporting, caring through appreciating, and acknowledging unappreciated caring. The findings suggest that nurses demonstrate caring behaviors toward their colleagues by coming to know them on both a professional and a personal level. These behaviors form the foundation for an environment that supports a consistent demonstration of caring. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.