Welcome !  I’m Pat McClendon

What I Do –  Help Nurse Leaders Help Nurses … Thrive in Nursing

What I Know –  Cultivation of caring consciousness and authentic caring connections Help Keep Nurses in Nursing.

How I got here – My Story  

If you are like me, you think that being able to help nurses cultivate authentic caring is out of reach.  For years, I thought the only way to impact caring was to roll out a comprehensive professional practice model based on caring science.

And then something happened. I woke to the reality that the healthcare industry is not going to change anytime soon.  I realized that if I wanted authentic caring to be a more prominent part of my nursing organization, then I needed to start talking about it.

I started by talking with nurses.  The more conversations I hadhowever momentary the more I knew that I needed to keep talking and listening.  Nurses responded in meaningful and refreshing ways that brought connection within and between us in between their patients and my meetings.

These conversations can create a new narrative of mutual authenticity and caring literacy in our daily work environments, and can open doors to the future.

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

  • Up to 40% of new nurses – 1-3 years – are thinking about leaving nursing
  • And nurse managers are in even greater jeopardy to leave – up to 70%  
  • This is a reality for the 400,000 nurse leaders whose nurse followers are 3 million strong in the US.

And yet … we know

  • The stronger a nurse’s capacity for authentic caring connections, the less burnout, caring fatigue, attrition
  • The more nurse leaders are connected with their authentic selves—and less with their organizational selves— the less nurse leader despair and feelings of ‘never being enough’


Healthcare is not going to change.             But We Nurse Leaders Can.

How?         Engage with Nurses in Conversations that Cultivate our Authentic Selves 

Where It Starts …         Within Each Nurse Leader 

It Starts With 2 Desires Within You:

  • A desire to bring more meaning into your work life, and
  • A desire to connect with nurses in more meaningful ways.
  • And both desires must be doable within your current workload.

What I offer …              I am committed to helping nurse leaders use the Sage Advice I learned in my leadership experiences.   You can:

  • Learn that you are not alone through my story
  • Learn realistic ways to connect with nurses through conscious caring conversations
  • Grow Your Inner Authentic Caring Leader Voice
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  • Nurses cannot sustain authentic caring alone.
  • How to help nurses seems like a mystery… But there is no mystery.
  • It’s simple – Authentic connections between nurse leaders and nurses cultivate caring consciousness for both.
  • It does not take a lot of time for nurse leaders to do or learn.   
  • These connections with nurses feel good – fill the soul – keep us going.

Authentic caring certainly exists today but not at the frequency or systemic level it could if it was seen as a realistic and active part of our work environments. 

If we nurse leaders want nurses to focus on self-caring and authentic caring connections, then we must focus on authentic caring connections with nurses.

Nurse leaders in organizations can help nurses by giving voice and visibility to everyday authentic connections. 

How It Carries Forward … 

  •  You will see that what you talk about authentically matters most  
  • You will feel resilience when you have caring engagement conversations with nurses  (despite the relentless challenges of the job)  
  • You will have a meaningful impact on nurses 

Start now.  Click here to Order:      Getting Real About Caring



  • Founded in 2016, originally named Saving Nurses.   My platform as a Nurse Leader ConnectorAuthor, Speaker, Caritas Coach 
  • Be an online nurse leader platform where
    • nurse leaders learn realistic and visible ways to expand their authentic caring connections in their work,
      • using ‘Caring Engagement Conversations’
      • that help themselves and nurses expand their caring consciousness
    • (Yes, that sounds like a lot, but it’s really straight forward and one step at a time)
  • Be a place to find resources for caring consciousness cultivation and self-caring specific for nurse leader – books, websites, programs (hmmm. good idea)
  • Be a national platform for a Call to Action to National Nurse Leaders to be a Strong, Clear Voice for the importance of nurses’ authentic caring connections that bring wellness and healing to patients, nurses, healthcare and society.
  • Weekly Newsletter (blog ?) that
    • touches on the contextual forces within healthcare that impact every nurse leader
    • provides resources for nurse leaders
  • 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. My mission now is to help nurse leaders help nurses thrive in nursing. 

Watson’s Human Caring Theory and caring science have been my guide in cultivating my caring consciousness and authentic leadership.  

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.