Nursing

Live the Dream

by Nursetopia on October 24, 2013

Have you dreamed of being a nurse, a physician, a pharmacy tech, a chaplain, a social worker, a [insert invaluable healthcare team member here]? Have you worked and worked and worked to have your role in health care?

Are you on your way to that dream? Are you there right now? Are you living the dream – your dream? Make sure your face and attitude know it.

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When Something Has To Give – Give, Give Away

by Nursetopia on October 21, 2013

I have the current privilege of helping open a brand new cancer center. My family and I have relocated to a new city. Over the course of one weekend, I got a new job with new responsibilities and new colleagues, my husband’s business changed, our home physically changed, my children got a new school with new teachers and friends, and we started attending a different church. Whew! It has been really, really great. Even good stress – eustress – is still distressing and exhausting.

Writing has been my self-care literally since age 10. I haven’t been able to write recently like I’m accustomed to, like I’d really like to do so. There just hasn’t been enough time. And that’s okay. Something had to give, and that something was writing. It doesn’t mean I’ve given up writing or blogging by any means. I simply needed to focus on the most vital of life pieces, which for me, will always be my family.

Life in recent weeks has been full of work, yes. But, my restoration and renewal has come at the hands of tiny people, high-pitched squeals, lamp-lit nighttime childhood reading, cuddled television-watching sessions, spontaneous date nights with My Love, and quick trips to visit parents and siblings.

It has been divine. And exactly what I needed. At first I guilted myself into writing an article here and there, but then I forgave myself and gave up the masochistic emotions and self-inflicted stress.

My writing is starting to return as the everyday stress of learning a new role, new people, new roads, and new environments dissipates.

Daily stress seems to be increasing in every healthcare role. Something has to give. And when it does, give, give away, Friends.

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

What are you reading these days?

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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.

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How many times have I preached my sermon about the innovation of nurses and how we’re the best innovators in the world? Many, many times. Because. It’s. True.

Nurses are constantly working around broken, inefficient processes and systems. We come up with some ingenious ideas which sound a lot like, “You know what we need to fix this is…” and “Someone should really make this thing look like this [doodles on scrap paper]…” and “What if we had…”

MakerNurseNurses’ minds are incredible, and now MakerNurse wants to highlight that fabulous ingenuity by “uncovering and collecting stories from inventive nurses. By examining nurse innovation in U.S. hospitals, MakerNurse hopes to uncover the behaviors, circumstances and technological drivers that enhance resourcefulness and innovation among hospital nurses, and identify tools and resources that could help more nurses bring their ideas to fruition and lead improvements in patient care.” MIT’s Little Devices Lab is propelling MakerNurse forward with support by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

All nurses are invited to participate and share in the conversation. Help spur our profession’s creativity. Sign up for updates and future communications. Share your story of daily workarounds and your solutions to resolve those. MakerNurses unite!

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Change the Environment

by Nursetopia on September 25, 2013

ChangeTheEnvironment

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

So what has caught your attention this week?

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I saw this video for the first time two weeks ago via TheONC. The video is absolutely worth another mention as it sheds light (quickly) on a daunting topic – delivering difficult news.

What do you think? Will you (or do you already) utilize this method in your practice?

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The seasons are changing, and you know what that means, don’t you? Fall shoes and boots!

Dansko just launched its fall shoe collection. Oh, you didn’t know Dankso makes more than fabulous Professional clogs for work? Uh, yeah, they do! With three new casual collections, Dankso shoes are perfect for after-work style, too. Dansko really does have a shoe for every activity, and the Ventura, Monaco, and Havana collections are the perfect lines to choose from for whatever fills your evenings and weekends:

o   The Ventura Collection has simple adornments and burnished full grain leather highlighting superior, classic craftsmanship.

o   The Monaco Collection has the same ride and construction of the Stapled Clog, but with a more tapered silhouette and pronounced heel profile.

o   The Havana Collection features hand antiqued full grain leathers with studded and cutout details; this collection blends old world charm with a gritty urban vibe.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.03.16 PMI have the Tilda shoes from the Ventura collection. I absolutely adore them, mainly because they double between work and fun. I can easily pair them with business pants for a meeting with healthcare leaders or with one of my favorite fall maxi skirts for a family dinner out or with jeans for a movie date night with My Love. They look great, and they have all the comfort of Dansko shoes.

To celebrate nurses’ off-shift shoe love and the new fall collection, Dankso is giving away a pair of shoes from the Ventura, Monaco, or Havana collection to one lucky Nursetopia reader! Pearl, from the Monaco line, and Faith, from the Havana line, are not available for the giveaway, but there are eight…eightother styles from the Dankso fall collection to choose from if you win! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment about which shoe you’d like to have and why. The winner will be selected via random.org on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 7:00 PM Central Time.

So, which Dansko fall collection shoes are you eyeing?

Disclosure: I received Dansko shoes to review. I love them! All comments are my own. 

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Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 7.27.54 PMYeehaaaw! It’s time for the 4th Annual Cowtown Oncology Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas.

I am a Texan – born and bred. Contrary to popular belief and pervasive stereotypes, I don’t routinely say yeehaaaw, still, the Cowtown Oncology Symposium is so fun and enlightening that it’s worth breaking out my Southern drawl, Y’all.

The planning committee cordially invites you to submit your abstract on oncology, radiation, hospice, and palliative care nursing trends for poster presentation by January 31, 2014. Submission guidelines are below, so giddy up!

COS Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines

P.S. And, if presenting isn’t your thing (which it totally can be your thing no matter your level of leadership!), you should definitely attend the Symposium. It’s set in beautiful and historic Fort Worth on the fabulous Texas Christian University campus.

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