Are You Thinking About Retirement? 

Consider Un-retirement .... Things to consider when thinking about retirement First and foremost: Remember what keeps us healthy.   “Your brain needs exercise or it will atrophy.” 2 Suggestions: Never retire. Instead, make a plan to change your job, your career, your work … to keep your synapses snapping … to focus on what brings purpose, meaning, joy The history of retirement The invention of retirement came out of Germany in 1889. Retirement was meant to free up...
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A Birthday Blessing

Our first grandchild was born this past Saturday, Oct 5. Her name is Ruby Rose. These are my birth day blessings to her, taken from A Birthday Blessing. May you find, in your life’s journey, many pleasant places from which to watch and enjoy the pageant of existence — porches, window seats, nooks, river banks, bowers, balconies and perfectly placed windows.   Let there be frequent and fine conversations, … and quiet times with friends, when words are...
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What We Think & Talk About

My journey of self-discovery as a CNO led me to discovering a doable, visible way to think and talk about authentic caring in everyday work settings.  It saved my nurse leader soul and is what my book is about. Gandhi's statement here is about as real as it gets for me. What we think and talk about matters in our lives, everyday. What we talk about day in and day out signals to ourselves and to others what is important. It keeps us thinking and focusing on what matters to us. Y...
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How Psychologically Safe Do You Feel In Your Job?

Take a Minute and Ask Yourself: How Psychologically Safe Do You Feel in Your Job?  Comfortable enough to talk about things that matter to you in your job? Can you talk about: Your thoughts about being mindful about caring at a nurses' staff meeting ? ...... at an interdisciplinary staff meeting? ... ...at a routine leadership meeting with your team or peers? ...... at a routine meeting with physician peers? Comfortable enough to talk about mistakes you have made in your job? C...
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2 Mind-Benders About Happiness

There are 2 Recent Mind-benders about Happiness that I Must Share ...   I have read a few books along the way about happiness, but these points surprised me. Here are the 2 mind-benders: First Mind-bender        I had always thought of happiness to be a momentary, non-substantive feeling.  That is until I saw this statement by Gandhi.   Holy Moly, was I surprised ! Gandhi. Given the number of memes of this ... I may be the last person on earth to have seen this.  Oh well, I'm glad I've c...
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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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