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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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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