There once was a time in my life that I would assume some of my ideas or requests would automatically be squelched with a “no” answer. My assumption would actually limit me from even asking or discussing the request or idea. One thing is for sure -the answer will always be “no” to something that’s not asked.
I had to get over the fear of “no.” In light of many other things in work and care, being told no is not really that big of a deal, but when you’re told no over and over again, you can start to think your ideas are rubbish and simply stop generating ideas altogether. That’s not good for any organization.
“No” for the sake of “no” has never really set well with me; I have always wanted to know the why behind the answer. Most people are this way, which is why leadership communication is important to validate ideas and questions. Just because the answer is no doesn’t mean the idea or request wasn’t valuable. I’ve learned that both when I’m told no with an explanation or I do the same thing with those who follow me, often times a subsequent idea results to overcome the explanation’s barrier. It’s a beautiful thing – respectful, transparent communication.
Receiving a “no” answer is really no big deal, but it does take practice – just like everything else – to maintain professionalism and competency within the situation. “No” comes in all forms, but it mostly signifies the opportunity to grow – to research more, collect additional data, strengthen a business case. It’s a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block.
Get over your fear of “no.” Just ask.
I had the case of the Mondays. You know the feeling; everything seemed to fall apart at work or be too busy for me to catch my breath.
Amazing, though, how gratitude washes away the Mondays – or fear – or anxiety – for me, at least. As I pulled away from work in my air conditioned vehicle, with tires in great shape and full gas tank, I drove on paved roads – passing an ambulance on its way to the exact place I was leaving for the day. I picked up my smartphone and called my family who was all safe and sound within our home, getting ready for an evening of rest. I had the luxury of silence on my way home, able to process the day, and I thought about the coding specialist who identified cost savings, the nurse who agreed to write an article for professional publication, the physician looking for ways to expand our integrative medicine capabilities, the manager diligently filling her team with the right candidates, the manager who secured emergency resources for a patient, the nurse who identified process improvements, the social worker who protected a patient from harm, the nurse who offered to come into work if needed, the pharmacist who spoke up about an environmental concern, the leaders who entrusted an issue to my hands and mind, the colleagues who helped me with an intensive, new process…and those are the examples I thought of in the first five minutes. I paused thinking of how blessed I am to work with such exceptional people.
And as I realized how blessed I am at work, making a prosperous wage, I pulled into my home driveway and entered my air-conditioned home, warmed by the love of a healthy family who needn’t even think about where the next meal will come from because the scent of supper, from a bubbling crockpot, was filling the rooms. I took a warm shower and put on clean clothes, only to be met by one of my children asking to spend time with me.
Rough day? What rough day? Gratitude is self-care for my soul.
Tacos – whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, are a big deal in Texas. And so are our nurses. You likely feel the same way about the nurses around you, and what better way to say a little thanks than to bring your favorite nurse a taco or two…along with a Nursetopia card, of course?
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To download the long version, click here.
Happy Nurses Week!
Even though May 6th, is the official start of Nurses Week, tomorrow begins the observed celebration week for most organizations. As a registered nurse myself and a nurse leader, I love Nurses Week because it gives me one more reason to love on the nurses all around me. Seriously, nurses are incredible people. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate those who make it their life’s work to care for others?!
And in true Nursetopia style, let’s kick off the week with some more free, printable cards, shall we? This series – the Elemental series – is one of my favorites because it’s been in my creative work queue for over a year, and I just finished it yesterday.
It just so happens that “CNO” is spelled out beautifully in the periodic table, and Radon thankfully holds the “Rn” symbol on the table, as well. Yep, there are a few key additional credentials hidden among the elements, so stay tuned to see the Elemental series expand.
To download the Elemental CNO card, click here. Yes, your CNO deserves some Nurses Week love, too! Just trim the edges and fold vertically to have a lovely tent notecard.
To download the Elemental RN card, click here. There are four of these cards to a single sheet, so download, print, and share the Nurses Week love.
May is full of wonderfulness – graduations, the beginning of summer, Nurses Week, and yes…Oncology Nursing Month. Now, as an oncology nurse I realize my bias; that’s okay, it’s a good bias.
Seriously, I love oncology nurses. They give, give, give. They are brilliant healthcare professionals, and I am proud to belong to the specialty.
Shower the oncology nurses around you with appreciation all month long. There are oodles of free, printable cards here; just click the Freebies & Giveaways link above to start sharing the love.
Happy Oncology Nursing Month!
Nurses Week – May 6-12 – is right around the corner, and it is one of my most favorite times of the year to love on nurses.
I always think of the most influential nurses in my life especially during this time, and now Fastaff is giving nurses a chance to win a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card simply by entering their Words of Wisdom giveaway. Simply complete the entry form, and include your story of the best nursing advice given to you by May 15, 2015; Fastaff will take it from there.
I am so fortunate to have dozens upon dozens of inspirational nurses in my life – from professors to managers to colleagues to researchers – they’ve shaped me into the nurse I am today; they’re leaving their fingerprints all over me and my career. I know you have some of these incredible people in your life, as well. What a super easy way to honor your own inspirational nurse while also having the chance to win a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card to sweep yourself or someone else away. Enter today!
March 19th is one of my favorite days; it’s Certified Nurses Day. I love it because I love certified nurses. It doesn’t matter what the certification is because every certification test is rigorous, requires extensive knowledge and experience to sit for and pass, and carries several ongoing standards to maintain certification such as numbers of hours worked and sometimes hundreds of continuing education credits within a certain specialty area.
Plainly put – certified nurses are healthcare rock stars.
So, why not celebrate these amazing men and women? Even acknowledgement of Certified Nurses Day to a certified nurse will be a big deal, so download, print, and giveaway these four cards to honor the certified nurses around you. Don’t forget to add your own handwritten note into the white spaces. Enjoy!
Download Chalkboard Credentials here.
Download Red Credentials here.
Download Awesome Psst here.
Download Certified Nurses Day – YOU here.
Valentine’s Day is Saturday. For many in healthcare celebrating at work, the celebration will happen all throughout this week and next – whenever people are together. I love a good card, and since I couldn’t really find valentines for my coworkers and team members that I adored, I decided to make my own. And now you get to share in the fun, too, because they’re all free. Happy Valentine’s Day…or Week…or whatever. Simply download, print, add an encouraging note on the back, and share the love to brighten someone’s day.
We go together like cisplatin and hydration. Download.
We go together like methotrexate and leukovorin. Download.
We go together like cold beverage and a regulatory-approved ‘drink corral’ in a non-patient care area. Or like routine distress screening and pivotal medical visits. Download.
We go together like carboplatin and the area under the curve. Or like skin assessments and weekly treatment visits. Download.
Don’t work in oncology or have an idea for another healthcare-related Valentine card that’s a little different? Leave a comment. I just might make it and publish it here for you and others to enjoy!
Nothing replaces the feeling of knowing you’ve done the “right thing” for people. No matter who knows or doesn’t know, it’s a reward like none other.
I am shocked at the number of people who think others don’t, can’t, or won’t do the right thing in work and/or life.
Do right by people. They’ll do right by you. Even if they don’t, keep doing right by people.