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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Patient Preference Epiphanies From CCCC Conference

Boy, did I learn a lot at this conference.... two epiphanies ... and more. Two epiphanies: Much of the research that informs EBP standards  ― based on organ system research  ― and that have become gospel in mainstream adult practice should not be applied to the advanced elderly population who have run out their physiological reserve.  - Per Daniel R. Hoefer, MD, in his "If Only Someone Had Warned Us" presentation.The EBP research tells one story, the Frailty Syndrome tells the rest o...
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It’s Hard To See The Connections & Mechanics That Can Save Us

The lives of nurses and leaders are busy. It’s hard to see the mechanics and connections around us. The Cogwheel propels on its own when authentic caring happens.  But when Caring Language is part of the environment, nurses and nurse leaders propel the Cogwheel mechanism even more ... generating more authenticity, connection, meaning, purpose ... All the things that comfort and heal patients and save nurses and nurse leaders.   This one page document is Authentic Caring in action and illustr...
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High Level Caring Is A Survival Skill

  When I started  Saving Nurses … I never thought of it as rescue. I’m not a big rescuer. Ask my husband of 44 years and my 2 adult daughters,   they would all agree that they could have used more rescuing in their lives. Not until several months ago, did I really understand the meaning of Saving Nurses. I'm not talking about job satisfaction. I'm talking about nurses experiencing fulfillment in nursing.  This is beyond organizations; this is about nurses and nursing. ...
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Thoughts About My Talk on Authentic Caring at SD’s ACNL Conference

  Riding the Wave of Innovation San Diego Chapter of Association of Clinical Nurse Leaders I spoke on Friday at the SD ACNL annual conference on     Authentic Caring - Its Power, Spirit & Language. The talk was well received.  There were about 96 attendees, and I was pleased with how many nurse leaders were locked into the topic. I opened with My Quest.  "I am a nurse leader on a quest."   How I've been confused about how we lead caring in the healthcare industry from the b...
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One Nurse Leader’s Story in Leading Caring

So what does this Leading Caring thing look like? Let me introduce you to Marlienne - one of the best examples of a caring leader.  She is a director of critical care in a multiple hospital system in North Carolina, and has been for several years. Marlienne is the embodiment of Caring Science.  It is a way of life for her. She immediately understood how to apply her learnings from Jean Watson's Human Caring and Healing Certification Program in Colorado back in 2004.  Marlienne was s...
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