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 the new perspectives about nursing were g...
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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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But Pat, Nurses Don’t Want To Get Saved

To start, let’s review What Happens To Nurses ....  Nurses come to nursing to help people, then we get caught up in the science and technology ... Either because we are intrigued and stimulated by its science and technology, Or because we quickly realize that if we don't master the science and technology, we will kill people. While focusing on mastering the science and technology, we lose sight of the mastery of authentic connections with people. Competing demands make us believe that we don...
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I Believe That Nurse Leaders Have A Role In Nurse Fulfillment

  I believe that until nurse leaders find their voice in—  helping nurses gain fulfillment in their work in our current healthcare system— all the current confusion, frustration and aloneness that nurses and nurse leaders feel will continue to mount. It's in our deep authentic connections where nurses find meaning and fulfillment in caring. These practices are hard to sustain in our current work environments. ... For all the reasons we know too well. We know that the nurse ...
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Nursing Forums – One Process That Connects Us

  Where I personally gained more growth as a leader was in my Nursing Forums. Schedule The nursing forums were held consistently.  They were scheduled every other month, on even months, on the third Thursday, twice during the afternoon, and the same during that night (Friday AM), at two o’clock and two forty-five. This way the staffs could switch out and cover for each other.  Additional Forums were scheduled during an odd month as needed. CNO Newsletter I started by hand...
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Blessing of the Hands Ceremonial Process In Honor of Nurses

Blessing of the Hands Ceremonial Process In Honor of Nurses Equipment - Rolling Carts: A simple cart on wheels draped with white linen 2 Small pitchers (creamers or small tea pots) filled with an Essential Oil or Reiki blessed water Eye dropper with each pitcher 1 Candle - battery operated Small papers with Nurses prayers- to hand out Blessing of the Hands Process: What - Rolling Carts fully equipped Who- Each cart is ushered by 2 people - 1 of which is a nurse leade...
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What Do You Talk About When You Round?

What you say when you round matters.  Ugh.  Another pressure.  We know nurses can see right through us when we try to connect with them and we're not real about it. Nurses know when we are collecting data about them Vs when we are really interested in them. Here is where your personal style comes into play ... Do you tend to ask nurses about the personal or the professional aspects of who they are? Here are 2 distinctions to think about when making real connections with nurses:  ...
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Why Do Nurse Leaders Delegate Caring?

I have sat in meetings off and on for years talking about the nursing curriculum for caring classes - the content, the interactive activities, the expected outcomes.   Often, I would be slotted to give an introductory statement about the importance of the class. Then the rest of the class was left to the in-house guru's - if you're lucky enough to have one or two - the educators. So the question is .... Whose job is it to teach and lead caring practices?  There are a couple of subli...
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