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 toolbox of resilience tools! To start, here are the Categories of Resil...
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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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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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