My 3 Favorite Things from the SD-ACNL Leadership Conference

I attended the San Diego chapter ACNL  leadership conference on Friday - The 19th Innovations Conference.  I have 3 Favorite Things from the conference. My First Favorite Thing - An innovative moment on the night shift from a new grad  This clinical nurse told a story about when she was a new grad 3 years ago that put her on a path She was rounding at 7:30 pm and the first patient she saw was begging for heroine. She explained that hospitals don't give heroine. She called the resid...
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It’s Coming …. Available in coming weeks.

To My Fellow Nurse Leaders, What a journey ... My book is moving forwards publication. I will have more details in the official Launch.  For now ... this is what the book cover will say: This book is about my life and career as a wife, mother and nurse leader in health care.  For years I failed to lead caring. I knew I had sold my soul to the health care industry.   As a student of caring science, I learned that who we are is how we lead. This connected me to my purpose and renewed m...
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I Believe in Journaling

JOURNALING - Best Self-Help practice ever .. It costs nothing. It can be done independently. It's time flexible. It's portable. It can be done: in between meetings, in the parking lot while picking up the kids, in bed before you go to sleep, ... Journaling enhances for your health Imagine that - a practice that helps us grow emotionally and neurologically and has instant endorphin release. Journaling practices can vary .... depending on mood and intent. Journaling that...
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Sneak Peak

Book Title:                                          Getting Real About Caring What I Discovered about Authentic Caring as a Nurse Leader and One Step Forward By Pat McClendon Book conclusion : Conclusion: Saving Nurses Authentic caring certainly exists today, but not at the frequency or systemic level it could if it was a conscious and visible part of our work environments. The essence of nursing is authentic caring. Authentic caring has always been the central anchor of nursing’s co...
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Nurses Thriving in Nursing? We’re in Big Trouble! Our Mission …

The Goal - More Nurses & Nurse Leaders Looking This Satisfied  The goal is to help nurses thrive in nursing.  The goal is to stop nurses from leaving.  #RNs Needed and #RNs Leaving  RNs Needed ..... from the Bureau of Labor Need another 712,000 RNs to care for the new patients related to demographic projections Need another 500,000 RNs to replace the retiring RNs by 2020 Need 67,000 additional nurse managers by 2020 to fill the IOM Future of Nursing initiatives. Currentl...
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A Quick Dive Into Well-Being

Aren't these birds stunning? The epitome of Well-being It just makes sense that the healthier a nurse is, the better the care ... Well-being ranges from ...  Joy------------to----------- Despair What does this wellbeing range look like? Healthy Nurse-   "actively focusing on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional well-being."  The ANA  Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation  Non Healthy Nurse - depressio...
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What Giraffe Language Tells Us

We all need: acceptance, affection, appreciation, autonomy, authenticity, connection, empathy, to be heard, honesty, love, meaning, physical wellbeing, play, respect, safety, stability, security, space, trust, warmth, ... and more, much more....        Message Alert - We all want our FEELINGS To Be HEARD We all feel any of these things when our needs are NOT met: afraid, agony, angry, annoyed, anxious, ashamed, confused, depressed, disconnected, disgusted, embarrassed, fatigued, fru...
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Think Positive. Really?

My mother-in-law was a nurse and painted china after she retired.  So we have these beautiful china tchotchkes all over our house that say "Think Positive" on the underside. I know that her intention was pure, so I love her everlasting notes to us. But in the professional world, I struggle with messages that seem to tell us to simply Think Positive. I resist any message that asks us to push negative feelings aside, without consideration of our frustrations and hurt feelings.  Forced...
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Feel Your Successes Are Never Enough? Guess What Can Help?

Do You Feel Your Successes As A Nurse Leader Are Never Enough?  It's easy to slip into this place.  Although your successes feel good, it feels like they are never enough. Your workdays are dominated by high-impact demands: Patients backing up in the emergency department waiting room Staffing that requires "Robbing Peter to pay Paul" Reviewing endless adverse events In addition, Societal Trends Trap Us This statement by Friedemann Schaub sums up our current day leaders...
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A List of Healthy Work Boundaries for 2019

It's the New Year, a time for tidying up. The new year always triggers me to assess, reorganize and purge.  That's what I have been doing with my office this week. I'm a big advocate of Marie Kondo's  the life-changing magic of tidying up.   The book is great and she has a new Netflix movie. Looking at how I set and maintain professional and personal boundaries is part of my tidying up process. As nurse leaders, we are notorious for not keeping healthy boundaries around us. Here a...
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