Admittedly, my extra reading has been limited recently due to other priorities. That’s okay, I’ve still caught bits and pieces of some really great stuff lately such as:
What have you been reading lately?
Yeehaaaw! 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.
I can’t help but think of all the nursing students beginning new semesters. I wish them all the best. Own it!
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“Great job, Mom!” My 8-year-old son clutched a piece of paper in the backseat as we were thick in the midst of evening rush-hour traffic. I was perturbed with the stop-and-go-and-stop-again while thinking hard about work.
“What’s up, Bud,” I inquired quizzically as I stared into the rearview mirror.
With as much enthusiasm as if I had won a tremendous achievement, he exclaimed, “You earned three contact hours!”
My day melted away and the traffic became unnoticeable as I burst into laughter. I had just come from a brief nursing education program, and my son had found my continuing nursing education, or CNE, certificate of completion. One CNE certificate of literally a hundred or more I’ve received in my nursing career. Of course, I positively reinforced the heck out the situation: “Thanks, Sweetboy! That means a lot to me.”
Can you tell certificates are kind of a big deal in our home these days? They’re a must with a second grader and kindergartener. I’ve thought about this simple one-minute-or-less of my life many times since it happened. It makes me smile every time I think about it. I’m not sure when I lost my own zeal for certificates. Ten years of nursing, planning countless nursing education programs, and receiving and logging who-knows-how-many nursing education certificates of completion over the years for regulatory and certification compliance have likely jaded my view.
Not anymore. I’ll think of those zealous congratulatory words each and every time I hold a CNE certificate of completion until the day I die. I hope you pause to celebrate the routine achievements of completing continuing education course after continuing education course…even when there’s no one to exuberantly cheer great job!
The countdown to the 38th ONS Congress is rapidly coming to an end. As Chair of the Congress Planning Team, I’ve been looking forward to this conference for over a year now, and it’s really nice to see the collective work of numerous people come to fruition.
For the first time, ONS is live-streaming three of the signature Congress sessions – the New Drug Update on Thursday, April 25, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (Eastern Time); the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Lecture - The Patient’s Voice: Are We Hard of Hearing? - on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 – 10:00 AM; and the ONS Clinical Lecture - Effective Symptom Management to Optimize Care with Oral Cancer - on Saturday, April 27, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.
To view the cornerstone lectures, simply visit the live streaming area at the time of the lecture, and enjoy – free of charge! Seriously, these lectures will be well-worth your time. I look forward to each of these annual sessions, which are different each year, but hands down – my all-time top Congress moment each year is the “Mara Lecture.” It has literally changed my nursing practice annually in some shape or form. That’s saying something year after year! And, the New Drug Update session will help all nurses and healthcare professionals – not only oncology specialized ones – to remain current on recently approved medications as well as glean helpful tips to differentiate all of the targeted therapies.
Be sure to join in on the back-channel ONS Congress conversations on Twitter via #ONSCongress.
Do. Not. Miss. These. Sessions!
The nursing leaders over at UC San Diego Health System have done it again. They have yet another installment of Nursing Research News You Can Use, and this time the five-minute video – brimming with information – is on sleep deprivation and cancer patients.
Take five minutes; enhance your knowledge on this important topic. You just might help someone rest easy tonight.
And if you want to learn via video about other topics, check out UC San Diego Health System’s YouTube channel.
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, written by Sean Covey, is an excellent children’s book. It follows the same seven habits presented by Stephen Covey in his 1989 published The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I read the original book in graduate school, but I had no idea the kids’ book existed until my children’s elementary school started working through the Leader in Me school-transformation model, in which every aspect of the school – from kindergarten to fifth grade, the library to the nurse’s office – follow and are guided by the seven habits.
I really love that my kiddos are learning these vital skills early. Seriously, this stuff is MBA reading illustrated into cuddly animals and practical stories any child (or adult) can relate to. In my kids’ school, each classroom has one copy of the book, and it’s an honor to get to take the book home over the weekend. My six-year-old daughter received the privilege this weekend, and we read through the entire book – all seven habits and corresponding stories and “practice point” questions and tips – in about 45 minutes.
It was lovely. My daughter clearly grasped the meaning of each of the seven habits; she has no problem applying them to everyday situations, which is awesome. And, I even put down the book once we finished it, thinking about the seven habits in my own life.
Are there any other parents working through this book and school model with their children? Or, are there any school nurses actually applying the seven habits into nursing practice? What do you think about the book and the concepts?