I’m Feeling Quite Positive and Grateful about Nursing

I attended the AONE 2019 annual conference last week. It being in San Diego made it easy, since I'm just up the road. There were lots of Ah-ha moments for me.   "The future of digital belongs to you."  Did you know that the nurse made Helpsy App won the 1st level innovation award at HIMSS? The future of healthcare is looking very different. Roy Simpson talked about the impact of Big Data research at Emory University by nurses. WOW The level of research and innovations by nurses...
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Book Press Release

Oh, man. What a learning experience.   It's been hurry up, and wait.  And then yesterday was one big hurry up.  My book is now on the market ... and available in every book outlet there is, I think.  This is a good thing. New Website Name -  The book having such a strong google presence  has made my website name change precarious. I changed the name of my website (again) yesterday to guess what, Getting Real About Caring.   The website name, Making Caring Real, got confusing.  But the sear...
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You’ve Got Mail – How Responsive Are You?

As I chisel away at the many steps involved  in publishing a book, this great newsletter on Email Responsiveness landed in my emails. It's by Tasha Eurich author of the book, Insight A reminder - Insight  is about self-awareness. I continue to be impacted by what she says about self-awareness. I wrote a blog about the book last July.  She makes a clear distinction between self-awareness and navel-gazing. She takes us deeper into how to get reliable information about ourselves to make our self-a...
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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 heroin. She explained that hospitals don't give heroine. She called the reside...
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It’s Coming …. Available in coming weeks

To My Fellow Nurse Leaders, What a journey ... My book is moving closer to 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 ...
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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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