Purpose? Mission? Value? Ask

It's back to school time. Parents are racing around, dropping their kids off to school.  You can see on parents' faces that they are focused on getting to work on time, deadlines, conversations they need to have, etc. I've been reading, writing, reading, writing .... about nursing and nurses and happiness. Fall is a transitionary season. A time to reset. It is much like the energy of the new year. The energy of letting go and planning for the future. Remember this.  Everybody ...
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Caring Science Value – The Difference in Nursing Surviving vs. Thriving

I have been talking about How We Do Caring Science Leadership in the last 2 blogs: What a WCSI Recognized Organization Looks Like Merging Our Nursing Value/Caring Language Into One Voice (leader voice) I touch on several competing perspectives in how I see the future of nursing and what is required for nursing to Survive vs. Thrive in the healthcare industry: The AACN (Am Nurses Credentialing Center) has evidence that supports that Magnet hospitals are the gold standard and the f...
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Try Merging Our Nursing Value/Caring Language Into One Voice?

I have always found the world of nursing to be confusing and wrought with cognitive dissonance. Here is how I put it over a decade ago, and it still rings true. "I learned to exist in a cognitive dissonance, split between two nursing worlds. Nursing was one thing in academia and another in the practice world. I tried to make sense of this disconnect in my practice." IJHC, 2005, p.8  We are still traversing an uneven and ever-changing healthcare landscape in 2019.  And the healthcare industry i...
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What Does a WCSI Recognized Organization Look Like?

Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) The WCSI was founded by Jean Watson and supports a growing body of human caring theory, caring science, and Caritas publications, programs, and scholars. The WCSI mission is to expand and improve caring throughout healthcare locally and internationally.  The WCSI is a membership organization and has over 150 healthcare facilities and educational systems engaged at various levels. They have certified over 430 Caritas Coaches through their Caritas C...
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My First EOL Conversation Salon/Workshop Resonated!

Yea, my first End of Life (EOL) Conversation Salon/Workshop Worked!  Lights lit up!  Today's blog is an evaluation and follow up to a workshop I held at a yoga studio called, Being Well When Making Big Healthcare Life and EOL Decisions ....  Last week I presented my preparation notes for this workshop.   The workshop occurred today.   The scheduled time was 1.5 hours (that was perfect); 4 yoga studio folks attended My take aways: they were knowledgeable about healthcare and ...
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Call Me The Conversation Lady. It’s EOL today.

I just jumped from one conversation format to another, from "Caring Engagement Conversations" related to my book and talks ... to End of Life Conversations using The Conversation Project resources in a circle-salon-cafe-style workshop I'm doing next week with yoga studio members. So call me, the Conversation Lady. ______________________________________ Today I'm going to share my preparation for my first "Being Well While Making Big (life and end-of-life) Healthcare Decisions" ... with ...
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Leadership of a Higher Order

I'm rewriting my Nursing Leadership Talk.  I'm not satisfied with my talking points.  So I've been reading and rereading nursing leadership articles. Talking about leadership can sound so blah; I'm in search of the non-blah. Leadership models One thing, for sure, looking at leadership models is a bit like looking at a scatter diagram. There are a bunch of leadership theories and models out there!    There's: Appreciative leadership grounded in complexity science Authentic le...
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Self-Care Made Simple

from BestBrainPossible.com Self-Care made simple Dang, this image from @AnxietyHealer says it all.  Thank you! This image keeps things simple. My re-entry after big family events I've just returned from a family reunion with my extended family, and then a family weekend with my "nuclear" family - our girls are grown and starting their own nuclear families. As joyous as these events are, it always requires a series of self-care activities to help me reset. Unpacking first, a...
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Chief Wellness Officer – final version

OOPS .... an early version of this blog escaped my fingers yesterday.    This is the final version of  Chief Wellness Officer We're in a time of transition where wellness programs in healthcare systems are popping up, but their effectiveness and employee participation is not certain. It's estimated that only 30% of employees participate in wellness programs. We know that wellness support is needed Studies illustrate that RNs have fewer healthy lifestyle behaviors, higher levels of...
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The Conversation Project- something for every person, especially nurses

I love tools that help nurses help themselves, each other, patients and families.  I happened onto this website last week on Google by accident! I knew nothing about this little gold mine. Imagine a world where End of Life (EOL) conversations are common and comfortable.  That's the goal of The Conversation Project. The Conversation Project was started by a daughter (pulitzer prize winner, Ellen Goodman) in 2010 who cared for her mother with Alzheimers for many years.  In 2011 the Project ...
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