Here’s a snippet of what I’ve been reading (and even watching) lately.
What about you? What are you reading this week?
So a smidgen of my reading for the week included:
Sleek design. Vibrant color. Incredible power. Mmmmmm. The mophie juice pack powerstation® has it all. The 4000 mAh external battery, available in black or red, is compatible with most smartphones and tablets, and it can charge just about any mobile device four times faster than traditional USB batteries.
Like 71% of U.S. nurses and 66% of nursing students, I use my iPhone constantly at work. Whether it’s a clinical app, email correspondence, or even managing my time – my smartphone is a necessary nursing tool. That also means I’m often left sweating my battery life near the end of my work day. I hate that feeling – knowing work remains and realizing I may not have the tools to complete it efficiently. With the spring and fall conference season, I am typically tethered to an outlet in order to tweet conference happenings or try to squeeze in work during every break. And, even when I’m not working, my iPhone and iPad are everyday entertainment for both me and the rest of my family – including three kiddos under the age of eight. Seriously, my three-year old can devour an iPad battery.
I am quite glad the mophie juice pack powerstation® is part of my professional and personal life now. I was hooked as I soon as I pulled it from the packaging. It’s four LED indicator lights mesmerized me, the ruby red soft-touch finish exterior spoiled me, and the mophie juice pack powerstation® made me giddy just watching it charge my smartphone away from any outlet. Tucking it away in my briefcase or backpack was a no brainer as the mophie juice pack powerstation® is just a little bigger than an iPhone; you better believe this sweet little gem will join me on every business and personal trip. My entire family already knows how to use it. Just like with my iPhone, I have no clue how I ever functioned without the mophie juice pack powerstation®.
Oh, yes, it is that good. It is a must-have tool in your nursing practice and resource toolkit.
I’m always doing a lot of formal research reading, but here’s a sample of my more informal reading this week.
What are you reading?
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?
I go through cycles of giving up and starting again. Tomorrow might be a different story from today. I exhaust myself in work, and when it doesn’t seem to go right, I push the work off again. A weird thing happens then, though. My mind gets a break, and somewhere in the quiet of my mind, which was once screaming with chaos, a solution emerges. I’m re-energized to begin again.
I’ve found that I do some of my best work once I give up. It’s called failure, and it’s the launchpad to success.
Maybe you need to throw your hands up…and then roll up your sleeves once more.
It’s one of my all-time favorite quotes. It’s true. I hope you make a habit of dreaming with others.
A new Institute for the Future initiative and game, “Future of the Hospital” asks a provocative question, “What if your hospital wasn’t there when you needed it most?”
Yes, you read correctly – the collaborative forecasting game allows experts and “ordinary people” to submit ideas reinventing the community hospital, an institution facing near insurmountable challenges, or so it seems. The game is January 8-9, 2013, but you can whet your innovation appetite with pre-selected daunting questions and challenges via the Game Blog. These are behemoth questions, so tweet your wild ideas to @FutureHospitals, or use the #FutureHospitals hashtag.
Our current solution clearly isn’t cutting it, so why not forget everything you know about the community hospital and start anew? You know you have these ideas sitting at the nurses’ station or in between triaging patients or after a ridiculously challenging shift…”What if…” Go ahead, share those thoughts with us. Spur us to think differently.
Be sure to sign up for the game and to receive the weekly challenge questions in preparation of the game. I look forward to seeing your “crazy” ideas to transform the healthcare landscape.
I have read quite a bit about nursing theorists lately…just because. I know, it’s rather weird, but I feel compelled to dig deeper into nursing’s professional roots. Hildegard Peplau, one of nursing’s foremost leaders, died 13 years ago this Saturday. I must confess I learned of Peplau in nursing school, but I am really just now understanding her tenacious contribution to the profession via her life and mid-range nursing theory. The first nursing theorist publishing nearly 100 years after Florence Nightingale, she is a fascinating woman, nursing pioneer, and innovator. She inspired me so much, I developed my first ever Nursetopia infographic in her honor.
Let me know your thoughts. Who knows, maybe I’ll make a nursing theorist infographic series!
Download this infographic.