I’m Pat McClendon

Formerly a Nurse Leader in healthcare organizations.     

Now a Nurse Leader with a mission:

Helping nurse leaders lead authentic caring in doable ways in everyday work settings.

Is this you?

  • Are you a nurse leader who wants to have a more positive impact on nurses and caring?
  • Do you wonder how to meaningfully engage nurses, when there’s no time? 
  • Are you struggling with how to be your authentic caring leader self?
  • Do you wonder how to lead authentic caring in your organization?

How I got here  

As a nurse leader in healthcare organizations for years, I thought helping nurses cultivate their authentic caring was out of reach.   I thought the only way to impact caring — especially authentic caring — was to roll out a comprehensive professional practice model, and do whatever education on caring and caring science the budget would allow.

And then something happened when I was a CNO. I woke to the reality that the healthcare industry was not going to be changing anytime soon.  I realized that if I wanted authentic caring to be more visible and active in my nursing organization, then I needed to start talking about it.

I started by asking nurses about their deep caring experiences.  Nurses’ responses shocked me. Immediately, I knew I needed to keep going. The more conversations I had—however momentary— the more nurses stopped, talked and shared , even when busy.  I was launched.

These Caring Engagement Conversations were doable in between their patients and my meetings. 

Now as an author, speaker and Caritas Coach, Watson’s Human Caring Theory and caring science are my guide in cultivating caring consciousness and authentic caring leadership.  

Caring Engagement Conversations create a new narrative of mutual authenticity and caring literacy in our daily work environments, grow our caring consciousness, help us feel good about our work, and open our hearts and doors for future discoveries.


We Work in a World Where …

Authentic caring practices are hard for nurses to sustain in our current work environments … for all the reasons we know too well.  

Nurses soldier on trying to capture those illusive authentic connections with patients while doing their nursing jobs … Until they can’t.

Attrition is Rising

And yet … we know


I offer …       

Author, Speaker and Caritas Coach

Healthcare Is Not Going To Be Changing Soon… 

 But We Nurse Leaders Can …

Caring Engagement Conversations

A practice that makes leading authentic caring doable in everyday work settings.

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The PLAN for      Getting Real About Caring

  • Founded in 2016, originally named Saving Nurses.   An online platform to help nurse leaders integrate the basics of caring science into their authentic caring leadership.
  • Pat:  Author, Speaker, Caritas Coach 
  • An online nurse leader platform where
    • nurse leaders learn realistic and visible ways to lead authentic caring everyday ,
          • using ‘Caring Engagement Conversations’
      • that help themselves and nurses expand their caring consciousness
  • A place to find resources for caring consciousness cultivation and self-caring for nurse leaders – books, websites, programs
  • To create a Call to Action to National Nurse Leaders to be a Clear Voice for authentic caring leadership
  • Weekly Newsletter / blog  that touches on the contextual forces within healthcare that impact every nurse leader
  • Be an online grassroots community for nurse leaders who are seeking more meaning in their work

My Biography 

I have been a nurse and leader from the bedside to a chief nursing officer, from community hospitals to corporate healthcare across four states.

My education: a BS in Anthropology and a BSN from the University of Oklahoma, an MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of San Diego, and a DNP, Doctorate In Nursing Practice, from the University of Colorado.

My husband and I grew up and met in Oklahoma, and have lived and worked in Ohio, Colorado and California.  Home now is in Temecula, California, just outside of San Diego. We have two grown daughters who also live in California.