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It’s A Great Day to Save Lives [Free, Printable Card]

Who doesn’t need a little Sunday (or Monday, Tuesday, whatever day) inspiration? You have an incredible role in this world; celebrate it! You can download and print this free card; there are two cards on each page because double-giving is twice as fun.

By the way, the very next sentence of this fictitious character’s famous quote is…Let’s have fun. 

So, shall we? Rock the day…whatever day it is.


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From Creative Sleep to Uncourteous Doctors In Training: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 17]

MashupAdmittedly, 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?

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From ‘Angel of Death’ Nurse to Building A Culture of Trust: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 9]

Here’s a snippet of what I’ve been reading (and even watching) lately.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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From Insecure Leadership to Excessive EHR Alerts: A Nursetopia Reading and Education Mashup [Part 4]

Here are a few of the articles that caught my attention this week:

What reading grabbed your focus this week?

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New, Free Journal Dedicated to Healthcare Clinical Innovation “Coming Soon”

Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation will being quarterly publishing in June 2013. The journal, touted as the first of its kind to offer research on direct clinical care innovation, or the “how” of healthcare, will be free online for the first year. Hooray! My only qualm with the new journal – as many may guess – is the pantheon of healthcare leadership and innovation editorial board lacks nurse involvement other than the amazing Maureen Bisognano.

Really? “Delivery science and innovation” scream nursing to me. What do you think? Will you add this new journal to your reading?


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Wear Your ID with Style Thanks to BooJee Beads [Giveaway]

Ah, the ever-present badge reel and lanyard. We wear them every single day in healthcare and business, yet we rarely pay attention to them. They’re often some boldly-branded things we picked up from an exhibit table at a conference four years ago. (I know I’m not the only one!!)

Thanks to BooJee Beads, a company co-founded by former pediatric nurse Lisa Harrington and corporate executive Kimberly Martinez, reels and lanyards (and more!) can make an impressionable fashion statement, too. Harrington and Martinez are both working mothers who continuously encourage women to follow their dreams – and look good while doing so. Be still my heart; that’s what I love to hear!

BooJee products provide striking, fashionable, and affordable ways to hold your work ID. They help you say goodbye to dull shoelace style lanyards and boring badge reels and hello to ID products that you actually want to wear! With more than 1,000 different styles of beaded lanyards, ribbon lanyards, retractable badge reel jewelry and accessories, there’s something to suit every style. With a 10-year track record, BooJee has sold more than one million individual lanyards.

100427-paris-fashion-lanyardI have the Paris Fashion Lanyard. It features three delicate silver chains hung with multi-faceted beads, has a breakaway safety clasp, and a removable lobster claw hook to hold the ID, keys, and more. Wait…did you get that last part? The lobster claw hook is removable! That’s right, it turns right into a piece of jewelry…because it is jewelry. I love that!

Nursetopia readers rejoice; BooJee Beads is giving us all 15% off their product until February 19, 2013, with code BJBNurse2513! Now, here’s your chance to win your own BooJee Bead product for yourself or for a friend or family member!

Giveaway details:

You can earn a maximum of three entries into the BooJee Beads giveaway:

1) Check out the lovely BooJee Beads products. Leave a comment about which BooJee Beads product you’d like to have and for whom. (Men, this is a perfect “just because” surprise gift for the working lady in your life!)

2) Like BooJee Beads on Facebook, and tell me you did so in your comment.

3) Follow BooJee Beads on Pinterest, and tell me you did so in your comment.

I will select one person via on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 7 PM CST. I will contact the winner and share the winner’s email address (only the winner’s email address) with BooJee Beads so they can contact the winner to determine product preference and shipping info.

Hooray for functional beauty!

Disclosure: I received a BooJee Beads product to review and keep. The opinions here are my own.

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Surviving a ‘Sick Weekend’ with the Help of Nursetopia’s Reader

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Copyright HiMY SYeD/photopia,


Two of my three kiddos are battling influenza type A, one with a bonus of strep throat and the other with the added joy of pink eye. Needless to say, my home is one giant petri dish at the moment. Strict routine hand-washing and disinfectant wipes are the norm today. It’s made for lots of lying around and cuddling, which means mommy can still be productive while catching up on the ole RSS reader. It made me happy in the midst of body fluids, whines, and supportive medication administration. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve read lately:

When Color Could Kill: Stories from the History of Paintfrom Houzz

Who is the Healthcare Consumer?from HealthWorks Collective

Linda Scheu and Angela Baldasare on Using Good Presentation Principles to Increase Potential Impactfrom AEA365

Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas, from Brain Pickings

Business Can’t Solve the World’s Problems – But Capitalism Canfrom Dan Pallotta at the Harvard Business Review Blog

Medical Consent App is a Great Idea but Raises Controversial Security Implicationsfrom iMedicalApps

Lessons from the Ordinaryfrom Intentional Leadership

Organizations that Can’t Fall…Die on Their Feetfrom Not Running A Hospital

How Healthy is Your City, State, or Country? 40 Web Apps and Infographics to Find Outfrom The Health Hut

Rio de Janeiro puts QR codes in its mosaic pavementsfrom So much SCIENCE!

Invasionfrom A Molecular Matter

A Look Into the Archives: Giant Sequoiafrom the American Museum of Natural History

How Our Brains Judge Risk and Effortfrom Neurotic Thought

21 Emotions for Which there are No English Wordsfrom PopSci via Radiolab

If you’re not following these blogs/sites, consider adding them to your RSS reader now. You just might need a plethora of reading material at the tips of your fingers.

What are you reading these days?


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2013 Health Care Crystal-Ball-Gazing

Go ahead – pick up the crystal ball. Take a look at what 2013 holds or may hold for health care.

Two organizations have already laid out their thoughts on the next year in healthcare. Medscape’s slideshow is quick and easy to follow, and Modern Healthcare reporters present several videos highlighting topics.

Do you agree? What do you think will happen in your healthcare neck ‘o the woods this year?

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Low Health Literacy Strikes A Nurse’s Home

According to the Institute of Medicine, “health literacy” is more than just being able to read; it is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

medicinelabelHealth professionals – even myself – speak a completely different language than the rest of the world. Yet, we’re shocked most of the time when patients don’t understand what we’re saying. We expect people to somehow know “PO” means by mouth, or we keep our processes the same – like keeping prescription bottle labels in one language even when we know a patient may not be proficient in that language. Heck, deciphering a prescription medication label is difficult for people (smart people) who speak English.

I found this out the hard way when my husband misread a medication label for one of our children. The instructions just didn’t compute, and I had to re-educate him. Now, my husband is educated, thoughtful, and a good communicator. With three children, we should have an in-home med cart at times; he gives our kids medicine just as much – if not more – than I do. He’s familiar with teaspoons and tablespoons. To me, the label was perfectly clear, but not so to him. Thankfully, the kiddo was under-dosed, and there was no safety concern.

It happened in my home. I guarantee low health literacy is much more prevalent than you think. You can easily assess health literacy and patient understanding via the Teach Back Method. Give it a try this week and see how your patients do – how well they understand what you’re telling them. It’s shocking.

Considering health literacy is the strongest indicator of a person’s health – stronger than age, income, employment status, education level, and race – and nearly 88% of the population with less-than-proficient health literacy, we must do better. Nurses can make a tremendous impact with patients and health literacy. Many states and organizations are working on this complexly simply problem – to ensure patients understand what healthcare professionals tell them. Search to find the statistics in your area as well as what efforts are happening to increase health literacy in your community.

Your community needs you to help; your patients need you to help.