Welcome !  I’m Pat McClendon

Helping Nurse Leaders Help Nurses … Thrive in Nursing

Note to my fellow nurse leaders, 

If you are like me, you think that being able to help nurses cultivate authentic caring is out of reach.  For years, I thought the only way to impact caring was to roll out a comprehensive professional practice model based in caring science.  And then something happened; I woke to the reality that the healthcare industry is not going to change anytime soon.  I realized that if I wanted authentic caring to be a more prominent part of my nursing organizational services, then I needed to start talking about it.  I started by talking with nurses.  The more conversations I hadhowever momentary the more I knew that I needed to keep talking.  Nurses responded in surprising and refreshing ways that brought connection within and between us in the moment.  These conversations can create a new narrative of mutual authenticity and caring literacy in our daily work environments, and can open doors to the future.

It starts here …

In a One Step Leadership Practice:  Engage with Nurses in Conversations that Cultivate Authentic Caring 

Learn to:   

  • Talk so nurses can listen 
  • Listen so nurses will talk about their caring experiences in meaningful ways 

FREE PDF  available with website subscription;  My book,  GETTING REAL ABOUT CARING – pending publication Spring 2019

Authentic Caring Keeps Nurses in Nursing

And Yet … Authentic caring practices are hard for nurses to sustain in our current work environments … for all the reasons we know too well.  

Nurses soldier on trying to capture those illusive authentic connections with patients while doing their nursing jobs … Until they don’t. 

Attrition is Rising

  • Up to 40% of new nurses – 1-3 years – are thinking about leaving nursing
  • And nurse managers are in even greater jeopardy to leave (up to 70%)  
  • The stronger a nurse’s capacity for authentic caring, the less burnout, caring fatigue, attrition; and less nurse leader despair and feelings of ‘never being enough’
Healthcare is not going to change.  But we nurse leaders can.

Authentic Caring requires cultivation. Nurses can’t do this alone.

Nurse leaders have the unique credibility & position to help nurses. 

 It does not take a lot of time for nurse leaders to do or learn.   And it creates  joy!

In a One Step Leadership Practice: 

Engage with Nurses in Conversations that Cultivate Authentic Caring

Learn to :

  • Talk so nurses can listen
  • Listen so nurses will talk about their caring experiences in meaningful ways
  • Tap into nurses existing caring capacity   
  • Explore with nurses their perspectives regarding their caring experiences  

What we talk about matters and can help nurses.    This is a reality for the 400,000 nurse leaders whose nurse followers are 3 million strong in the US.

Nurse leaders in organizations can help nurses realize the positive impact of their work by appreciating and exploring individual nurse’s caring experiences … in meaningful conversations—however momentary. 

Details coming soon in my book, 


What I Discovered About Authentic Caring As A Nurse Leader 

and One Step Forward

MAKING CARING REAL — a place to learn how to help nurses thrive in nursing   … grounded in my leadership experiences and in caring science and language

I’m Pat McClendon — a Nurse Leader, Caritas CoachSM, Speaker, Writer, Teacher    

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  My Biography 

I have been a nurse and leader from the bedside to a chief nursing officer.

I founded Making Caring Real in 2016.  I have a book coming out in the Spring – Getting Real About Caring – a memoir about my nurse leader career, and is endorsed by Jean Watson.

Watson’s Human Caring Theory and caring science have been my guide in cultivating my caring consciousness.  Jean Watson and the nursing faculty in the Caritas Coaching Education Program and CU’s College of Nursing helped me learn, know and understand caring in nursing.

My education: a BS in Anthropology and a BSN from the University of Oklahoma, an MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of San Diego, and a DNP, Doctorate In Nursing Practice, from the University of Colorado.

My husband and I grew up and met in Oklahoma. We have lived and worked in Ohio, California and Colorado. Our home is now in Temecula, California, just outside of San Diego. We have two grown daughters who now live in California.

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