ArticlesThe Cycle of CaringSimons, Marj MS, RN Author Information Walla Walla General Hospital, Walla Walla, Wash. Corresponding author: Marj Simons, MS, RN, Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S Second St, Walla Walla, WA 99362 (e-mail: [email protected]). Nursing Administration Quarterly: October 2004 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 280-284 Buy Abstract This article discusses areas where nurse leaders may make conscious and deliberate efforts to impact the organization's culture for caring. Leaders must first care for caregivers and have a commitment to their well-being. It is essential that we develop and engage in programs and activities that help staff with their personal struggles and propel them forward on the journey to being their best selves. We must seek to give them the skills and competencies necessary to work in a caring environment. Nurse leaders must facilitate the development and implementation of programs that foster a caring and compassionate culture. The author shares 2 programs that nourish the soul during difficult times for patients and their loved ones in the hospital setting—End-of-Life program and Massage Therapy program. Just as we care for those within our walls, we must also plan and deliver programs that promote health and well-being of our community. Such programs are an integral part of fulfilling our organization's mission of caring for the community. New and proven technologies advance our profession and contribute in invaluable ways to a healing environment; however, it is critical that we retain the art of caring, fundamental from the past and that helped to shape the profession of nursing. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.