Hooray for the holidays! And a little bit of downtime to lay back, spend time with loved ones, and peruse the news. Here’s some of what I’ve been checking out these days:

What have you been reading this holiday season?


MashupHere’s a smattering of what I’ve been reading lately:

What are you reading these days?


Every Day Excellence

by Nursetopia on September 27, 2013

I have had the privilege of interacting with many, many, many disciplines and departments recently. Each time, I have walked away thinking, “Man, what a great team!” 

One person doesn’t make a team; numerous people do. Everyone has a skill, a part to contribute. And, excellence happens every single day – right in front of our eyes. Yet we choose not to see it because we aren’t really looking for it. Excellence has become the expectation, the norm; I assure you, it is not always the norm.

Point out the everyday excellence that is happening around you. Many people think they’re “just doing [their] jobs,” but recognize someone who does the excellent work every single day. And keep knocking your own work out of the park even if no one else sees it. It’ll come back around to you. It will.


Change the Environment

by Nursetopia on September 25, 2013


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The Moment Leaders Fall In Love with Their Teams

by Nursetopia on September 24, 2013

Whether you believe love begins before it has explainable origins, at first sight, or grows over time – leaders’ love for their teams is the same. Do leaders actually love their teams? Yes.

It definitely gets stronger across time, but it often begins before the leader is actually the leader. You see, great leaders start dreaming and visioning as soon as the seed – any seed – about the future team or company is planted. They’ve often loved it and them before there was really anything or anyone to formally love.

I know. I have fallen in love many times. Without regret. And it’s powerful.


Here’s some of what I’ve been putting into my brain this week:

So what has caught your attention this week?


Happy First Day

by Nursetopia on September 13, 2013

FirstDayEach day is a new, first day. Some first days are more significant than others to each of us for very different reasons. Some people are beginning nursing school. Some people are starting their first nursing jobs. Some people are moving into new positions. Some people are pushing start again after a long pause.

Today is a first day for me, a turning of a page, the beginning of a new chapter within my life and career. It’s also the first day for many of my friends – new adventures, new learning opportunities.

Happy first day, All. I am thinking of you. Rock the newness. Celebrate this moment.


MashupHere are some of the highlights of my reading (and viewing) this week:

What are you reading?


Greater Than

by Nursetopia on September 8, 2013

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I Heart Algorithms

by Nursetopia on September 6, 2013

I’m not sure when it happened, but it seems like algorithms and “pathways” have overtaken healthcare. I’m not complaining; I love it. I’m a visual person, so when people explain processes to me, I tend to draw them as I’m listening or reviewing my notes. I’ve found that algorithms turn gray processes and care to black and white. They clarify exactly what everyone can and should do rather than leave that information in one person’s head. I frequently make – and revise – algorithms. They’re easy, artful, practical, and just plain smart work.

AlgorithmI make algorithms one of two ways – in Microsoft Visio or in Microsoft PowerPoint. You could also use Microsoft Publisher, but I prefer not to use it for algorithm creation simply because I know PowerPoint shortcuts and tools much better. Visio is intended to develop algorithms and pathways. It’s incredibly easy to use (especially if you know how to use PowerPoint or Publisher) and takes all the guesswork out of making straight lines and centering text. If you don’t have Visio but make a lot of algorithms (or are planning to do so), purchasing Visio is well worth the investment. No, Microsoft Visio is not paying me for this article; I just love Visio that much. I know, it’s geekily comical. I am unashamed.

If you don’t have Visio, you can still develop your algorithms in PowerPoint. It may take a little longer than Visio, but hey – it works. Open a blank file. You’ll only need to use one PowerPoint slide for this. Start adding your quadrilateral shapes, overlaid text boxes, and add in arrows. Capture or highlight all the items on the slide, group them, and then right-click to save the file as a picture to then insert into other documents. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Do you use or create algorithms in your healthcare setting?