I Love Funerals

I Love Funerals.  So yes, I got caught up in the pomp and circumstance and the eulogies at President 41 Bush's funeral in Washington DC this week. At death, everything comes down a few notches. We can be more real in the moment. I always feel like I can sigh fully and comfortably when sitting in a pew in a church, temple, synagogue at funerals. Ahhhh..... Eulogies A lot is said in the eulogies. Jon Meacham (historian) said yesterday in his Bush eulogy: "He was a Loving Man wi...
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You Have To Get Out of Your Mind

Good Morning. Here are 2 thoughts as we share a cup of coffee. We Have To Get Out of Our Minds To Be Present Being Present Is an Energy Transmission - Did you know that?  I guess I hadn't fully thought it through since I was surprised when I read it this week. Hmmm. And then things started to connect, which made me know that I did know this. The Science Behind Energy Transmission Being Present is centered in the heart.  The heart sparks more energy transmission than the brai...
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A Story of the “State of Grace”

Are you in a State of Grace? That was the question.  David and I grew up Catholic, and have been recovering Catholics ever since. When our girls were little we started going to church again because growing up with a sense of community was a good thing for them to experience.  We lived in the Black Forest in Colorado at the time. One Sunday we explored a Catholic church called the Servants of the Holy Family that is tucked away in the ponderosa pine forest. As it turned out, it is on...
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Gratitude Grows New Eyes To See

It's been quite a year, storms of every kind. I wish you .... time to snuggle under warm blankets, moments of peace of mind, and the work that brings you meaning and fulfillment.  If You Are A Bit Of A Curmudgeon or Know One,  you must read this article by AJ Jacobs.  It's a feel good experience.  It also has links to great gratitude TED talks. Why You Should Always Thank Your Barista But Wait, before you click... Here Is A Great Work Suggestion -  "Gratitude Grows New Eyes To See" ...
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Can You Get Satisfaction in a Nurse Leader Job?

Nurse Leader Burnout is a Moving Train Heading For a Cliff ....  In the 2010 IOM Future of Nursing Report, they sent out a call for more and higher level nurse leaders in healthcare. It is estimated that we need 67,000 additional nurse managers by 2020 (Bureau of Labor).  Oh dear ....  This poses quite a challenge given nurse manager turnover is between 50 - 72 %.  Yikes! This is not a pretty picture.... There are currently 400,000 nurse leaders in the US. And more than 50% le...
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Are Nurses There for the Patients, the Organizations, or for Themselves?

What Keeps Nurses In Nursing? Full disclosure here - I believe nurses are motivated by their intrinsic desires to help others, rarely by healthcare organizations’ missions. I think nurse leaders get this, but I do not think CEO's and others leaders in healthcare get it. And I wonder how often nurse leaders confess this to the CEOs?  I know that I didn't often enough. Nurses find science and technology interesting and challenging, but it’s their authentic connections with patients and cari...
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Do You Think Everyone Is Doing The Best They Can?

I do love this question.  It strikes at our core. Once, one of my favorite people, a social worker, said to me, "Patients do exactly what they need to do."   It was one of those spot stopping statements that has stuck. I remember it every time I sense my judging self creep up. Did you hear the news story this week where a dad reached out to the kid who was bullying his son.  And as it turns out, that kid was being bullied in his life.  It has a nice ending.  They say, People who hu...
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Our 21st Century Legacy – Nurses Thriving

The Tides Are Turning in Nursing.  Past Nursing is ever evolving. Nursing parallels the evolution of the human experience and society’s health, healing and caring needs within the consciousness of the time. Through history, nursing has designed and provided caregiving individually and collectively for those affected by illness, injury or disability. Nursing involves the balance of each person’s personal, physical and environmental capabilities and resources, while ensuring safety, a...
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How Do Vulnerability and Leadership Work Together?

I've always worked with smart, good people, well-meaning people who wanted to make a difference in healthcare. We worked hard and I think felt good about what we were accomplishing together. But were we thriving? Were we transformative?  No. Yes, the goals were met, but the controls and conformity were pretty tight.  And it's my impression that most other healthcare organizations are in the same state. Enter Vulnerability.   Alert - vulnerability is the main thing that holds us back...
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Thriving In Nursing – Is It Really About Vulnerability ?

Nursing Retention Strategies There is a clear distinction in nursing retention strategies.  There are those strategies that help nurses survive and those that help nurses thrive in nursing. Survival strategies - environmental and work flow improvements that mitigate the external job stressors Thriving strategies - cultivation of nurses’ inner resources to help reduce personal stressors, and allow engagement Thriving is finding Joy, Meaning, Purpose. To Get There Requires Un...
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