Wait ! There Are Positives Around Us – Impacting Our Caring Consciousness

I am in uncharted territory and am in a very steep learning curve right now. My book is in the editing process … so lots of challenges happening there.  Plus I am finalizing the talk that I am giving in San Diego at the Association of California Nurse Leaders Conference in a few weeks. So all of my thoughts feel especially connected across these projects right now — the book, the talk and now this blog, …. and last weeks blog. Note - I just rewrote last weeks blog ….I refined it by sim...
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The Mechanism of Consciousness – Good To Know For Nurse Leaders – Part 5

In my effort to simplify how we lead caring, I wanted to look at the pieces and parts of caring consciousness and their mechanisms. I knew that how we care is grounded in our caring consciousness. But how is our caring consciousness cultivated? Where does it come from? Caring consciousness is our integrative awareness of patterns, forces and relationships that exist at the core of our understanding of health, wellbeing and  human responses to disease, illness, cure and healing. ...
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What Self-Care Looks Like For A Leader of Caring- Part 4

After several years of studying what skills matter most in leading caring, it comes down to intentional self-care and self-growth.  These are activities that Serve You, that are For You & Only You.  Self-care intentions can have a broad range. Relaxation, creativity, stress reduction, feeling better physically, emotionally ..... For me,  I know that I am serving myself when the activity is cultivating my inner resources to help me feel better in the moment. My self-care can invol...
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Your Caring Language is Your Signature Caring Intervention – Part 3

Today is Part 3 of the Series,  What Does Being A Leader of Caring Look Like? Part 3 -   Your Caring Language is Your Signature Caring Intervention What You Bring to Nurses - Here are some things for you as a nurse leader to OWN deep within your psyche:  Caring language lives in you You already have an acute level of caring awareness in your thoughts, knowledge, experiences and emotions that are the foundation of your caring consciousness and language Your desire to care for...
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What Does Being A Leader of Caring Look Like? – Part 2

Last week I talked about the question … How can we reach nurses?       … a common query  among nurse leaders, right?  And a better question surfaced:    How can nurses reach us?             … Does this question trigger a different response in you?   It is at the heart of our personal authenticity—a requirement of the highest level of human caring interactions— and where our real connections with self and others happen.  This is biogenic caring as defined last week. Today - let's com...
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What Does Being A Leader of Caring Look Like? – Part 1

How do we define Caring for Nurse Leaders? What does being a leader of caring look like? The answer may be in one word: ACCESS ?  (note: this does not mean just more face time) Try this: As a nurse leader, You have asked yourself plenty of times, How can I reach nurses? We have all read about, listened to and talked about - How can we reach nurses? As it turns out, this is not the question ... The Better Question is,  How Can They Reach Us?  Let's start with nurses' caring:...
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The Metamorphosis of Saving Nurses

Welcome to Saving Nurses Metamorphosis! I have a book coming out in March- Getting Real About Caring and Saving Nurses.  It is a memoir of my nurse leader career and my lessons learned in becoming a caring conscious leader in the midst of our harsh healthcare industry.     I have read that if you want to know what you believe, write a memoir.  True!     I have learned that Leading Conscious Caring Saves Us and Nurses What I am especially thrilled about is that Jean Watson is endorsing my...
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Lead Caring. Save Nurses.

  Lead Caring and Save Nurses.    Aren't These Really Our Mission, As Nurse Leaders ? Let's follow that path...... Our first hurdle is to become leaders of caring in the eyes of our nurses. Close your eyes and feel the moment.   That moment when you access your caring authenticity from deep within  and when you open your eyes, it is connecting with the nurse in front of you. That’s when it started for me. Over the years I held routine nursing forums for nursing staff on ...
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Nursing’s Sweet Spot Amidst The Chaos

Happy 2018 to you!  I hope your first 5 days have been ones of contemplation for what is to come in your new year. For me, I know that this is going to be a big year for me and Saving Nurses. I have mentioned before that I have been writing a book, A Memoir, Getting Real About Caring in Healthcare.  Interestingly, in this process, I have identified the core meaning of my website's name, Saving Nurses.  Up until now, I didn't really know why I chose this name.  Now, it is self evident....
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My 2018 Resolution Is To Cry More

It’s the New Years,   an 'In-Between' moment in time In-Between the inhale and the exhale of each breath, In-Between the daytime and nighttime at twilight, The gloaming- a Scottish term for after the sun has gone down and before the sky is completely dark. These are contemplative moments of what has passed and what is to come with all the emotions and anticipation that come with it.    These moments often bring tears. It’s the purity of these moments that touch something deep within me.  ...
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