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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JOY – The Importance of the Intrinsic Side of Nursing in Retention

I love this image. And the message is as real as it gets. This is a review of nurse retention strategies. A topic that is trickier than you may think. Here are the numbers and retention strategies, ... with an emphasis on going deeper into what matters.  There are some distinctions and realities about nurse retention: RN Numbers  ..... from the Bureau of Labor There are now well over three million working RNs in the United States We need another 712,000 RNs to care for the new...
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Taming The Beast – Nursing’s Sense of Humanity

We know that the healthcare industry is a beast to navigate. Like many, I had a ringside seat early in my life in experiencing what the healthcare system can do to families. Everyone at one time of another uses the healthcare system. And those who find themselves dependent on the system experience the gaps, the confusion, and the loss of control amidst the complicated communications and decisions that have to be made. Nurses Are Not Expected To Fix Everything We as nurses see these sit...
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Is This You?

I have had this Healthy Qualities infographic image on my desktop for sometime.... wondering if this is me.      Thank you Deepak Chopra for identifying the qualities that define healthy..... I still have a way to go ... The Bigger Question is,  If  "Who We Are Is How We Lead" .... Then what are the direct overlaps between nurse leadership and these healthy qualities? Nursing Leadership -   Porter-O'Grady and Malloch Porter-O'Grady and Malloch are 2  iconic thought leaders/write...
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Four Nurse-Centered Authentic Caring Fundamentals

As I revise my book, Getting Real About Caring, four fundamentals keep rising up ...   I’m sharing them today.  They seem so profound.  Your Thoughts? I'll start here ...  I believe that it is our job as leaders to help nurses make sense of forces in their work environment, and to help nurses forge a bridge between those forces and themselves. I believe that our current emphasis on patient-centered care without equal time on how nurses are to sort through the rapid fire stimuli in t...
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