Words Matter, More and More

Feeling that moment when my message (written or verbal) hits the target.  This ain't me - in so many ways -  but I wish it was more often. Writing this blog, a book, tag-lines and publicly speaking is an exercise in reflection, humility and surprise. Finding the right words all the time As leaders, I think we know that our words matter, but it's unrealistic to think that we can be conscious and strategic all the time.  That's why knowing who we are and what we believe is so critic...
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What is Healing Again?

This healing thing is complicated.   Years ago I sent Andrew Weil's book, Spontaneous Healing, to a relative who had a life threatening disease, and it got complicated.  My gesture was interpreted as "you can cure yourself". There's the religious slant The religious side of "being healed" slides into the notion of  "being cured".  And has the message, "if you believe hard enough, you can cure yourself".     Catholic, anyone?    And then there's sainthood, which usually involves a ge...
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A Different Message, Two Conferences

What I learned Attending 2 conferences, back to back, gave me the opportunity to see - AGAIN -  how busy and unified nurses are. It didn't matter that one was a Human Caring (IAHC) conference 40th Annual International Association for Human Caring Conference Wednesday, May 30 - Saturday, June 2, 2019 Greenville, South Carolina and the other a Palliative Care (SDCCC) conference. The conversations were the same. Everyone is juggling a lot of demands. Everyone is dedicat...
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The IAHC Conference and Regina Holliday. WHOA!

International Association of Human Caring I attended and presented this past week at the International Association of Human Caring in Greenville, South Carolina (hosted and sponsored by Clemson University and Florida Atlantic University).  This organization is 40 years old and is the first caring science organization. The 3 keynotes were Edward Salas, PhD (TeamSTEPPS), Anne Boykin, PhD (theorist and author of Nursing as Caring and former dean of Florida Atlantic University CON), and Re...
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Work Engagement and Authentic Caring – Is there a connection?

The Question  I'm doing a TALK this week at the International Association of Human Caring Annual Conference in Greenville, SC. The real, bottom line question I address in the Talk is, How do we embolden nurses' desire to care authentically amid the pressures of their clinical demands in healthcare organizations?  First of all, if the thought, "nurses don't want to care authentically" just popped up in your mind, I make the argument in my Talk that nurses (> 95%) do want to authen...
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Resilience Toolkit for Nurse Leaders … For the Joy of It

This image is pure joy.  I figure that you have to have some level of resilience to reach this level of laughter.  I do enjoy seeing people laugh. I have been poring over one particular article about resilience on and off since February. It is loaded with information. It's by Noreen Bernard at Emory Healthcare in Nurse Leader. It is a comprehensive compilation of resilience strategies for leaders.  It is one impressive toolkit! To start, here are the Categories of Resilience Tools for diff...
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Bringing Blue Zones Home

There is a lot of wellness information out there. Blue Zones-  BZ The benefit of the Blue Zones information is that it pulls together all the wellness topics under one framework:  activity, diet, alcohol, life purpose, stress, belonging, family, support systems. Blue Zone areas are geographic areas where there is a concentration of living centenarians.  National Geographic showcased these populations in the early 2000's and since.  There are several BZ articles and BZ books identify...
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Happy Nurses Week in this Year 2019

Happy Nurses Week ! Where is nursing in this year of 2019? Nursing is ever evolving. Nursing's history has paralleled the evolution of the human experience and society's health, healing and caring needs within the consciousness of the time. At A Crossroads Our time now can be characterized as a crossroads- with the trajectory of hard science and technology pulling us one way, and patients' and nurses' existential need for authenticity and conscious connections pulling us another ...
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Do You Have Work Engagement Fatigue?

Do You Have Work Engagement Fatigue?  I got tired of seeing work engagement articles.  I thought I "got it".  But now I realize that there's more to understand.  So I'm very engaged in Work Engagement articles now! Here's my aha: Nurse engagement leads to authenticity and deep caring connections.   In writing my book, I ran across an explanation of  Work Engagement in a critical care research article that referenced the AACN's The 4A's to Rise Above Moral Distress, a meta-analysis of > 9...
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Blessing of the Hands Ceremony In Honor of Nurses

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony In Honor of Nurses Equipment - Rolling Carts: A simple cart on wheels draped with white linen 2 Small pitchers (creamers or small tea pots) filled with an Essential Oil or Reiki blessed water Eye dropper with each pitcher 1 Candle - battery operated Small papers with Nurses prayers- to hand out Blessing of the Hands Process: What - Rolling Carts fully equipped Who- Each cart is ushered by 2 people - 1 of which is a nurse leader. One per...
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