Self-Awareness On Steroids

Self-awareness is not just reflecting, journaling, introspection, it's much more. Who knew? Me, Myself, & I I've been hooked on self-awareness for quite sometime. The 1st third of my life, I was absolutely sure of myself — who I was, what I believed, what people thought of me, etc. The 2nd third, I began to see how absolutely unaware I could be. This current third is a mixed bag ... it's growth, it's stabilizing, and sometimes it's still a mystery. Things to Know About ...
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Starting Conversations- Fear of Fumbling?

Are you good at chatting at parties with strangers, on first dates?  Small talk in elevators and in airports? I'm not.  I can be if something comes up that interests me.  But to start a conversation?  Or respond with enthusiasm to small talk?  Nay... Here's some tips on how to go from small talk to smart conversations without crashing. Fear of looking stupid lives in all of us.   And now that we have electronics in hand at all times, it's easier to avoid small talk discomfort. Bu...
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What Do You Believe About Authentic Caring?

Do you believe: You can make time in your busy schedule to lead caring in a different way? Nurses have time to provide authentic caring more frequently? Development of authentic caring capabilities is each nurse's responsibility? You have the knowledge or skills to help nurses achieve more authentic caring? If your answers are "YES" to these questions,     You Are On Your Way!  Go For It! If your answers are "Hmm",     Then Come On Along With Me. I'm like the startup ...
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Making The Invisible Visible

Caring language and caring literate words are the tools to make visible that which is invisible — nurse's authentic connections and caring. It helped me crack the code of nurses' caring and my own caring leadership. My Ah-ha Moment I was sitting in a DAISY Award review committee at my hospital as the CNO one afternoon when the simple benefit of language hit me.  I was surrounded by enlightened dedicated nurses enthusiastically talking about authentic caring moments and stories exhibited...
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So What Are Caring Literate Words?

Website Name Change Alert - Saving Nurses    is now    Making Caring Real The Question - As I talk with people and present on Caring Language and Caring Literacy, the question comes up, What are the words that I should use in these conversations with nurses about their caring experiences? What are the words that reflect caring literacy? What are caring language words? My Response - My response has been:  They are any words that feel authentic when talking about authentic caring ...
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“Saving Nurses” Is Now “Making Caring Real”

Website Name Change Alert  That Was Fast!      The Saving Nurses name switch happened yesterday.  You may have picked up along the way, that a website name change has been brewing. Here's Why "Making Caring Real": It's a narrower focus than the broad platform of "Saving Nurses" It provides a path to make the process of caring more practical, tangible, concrete ...and real Caring is on a continuum, Authentic caring is where nurses find meaning Meaning, purpose, fulfillment ke...
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The One Thing I Would Say To New Grads Today- “Learn Nurse-Centered Care”

Here we are at our baby girl's nursing school graduation.   She's all grown up again.  This is her second round of graduate school.  Her first was in global health.  And as her fiancé reminded us, this won't be her last.  She enters into a nursing PhD program this fall, after their  wedding and relocation.  I'm exhausted just watching... There was the pinning ceremony and then the graduation. Listening to her friends' job search stories and their perspectives about nursing were goo...
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Caring Literacy – Gives Us Words to Describe High Touch

I had a wonderful time presenting at the San Diego Professional Palliative Care Conference yesterday.  Being around likeminded people is always a boost.  My Talk:  Caring Literacy Changes Everyone. The hospice and palliative caregivers are the leaders of High Touch in our healthcare industry.  But they too are buried in the logistics of their work— regulations, documentation, ordering supplies and meds and racing around. So when their burnout and caring fatigue impact their cari...
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Can There Be Joy in The CNOs’ Stuff and More Stuff?

Is this you?  If it isn't, then why not?  Just kidding, here is why not.... Several recent articles paint the picture of our nurse leader world:     "An Integrative Review of 21st-Century Roles, ... of CNEs" (chief nursing executives)-  This article did a massive review of the literature to define the CNE role for the next generation given our current "head-snapping changes".  What was refreshing was their description of our work. Director of Stuff and More Stuff!  (These are th...
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A Little Hx In What Keeps Us In The Game, Why It Hurts Us, & How It Can Speak

Making sense of nursing in the healthcare system is a preoccupation for me.  I find the nursing trends that I observe and experience fascinating. What a complex profession we are caught in, even Google 'thinks' so.  I did a  Google search for Nurse Fulfillment.  And it produced 10 million results. Whoa ! There is a lot of information and talk out there about nursing fulfillment: What motivates us What defines us What holds us back as a profession What propels us forward as...
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