All Hail the Sky Holders!

by Nursetopia on January 4, 2018

Do you ever have those days where everyone around you swears the sky is falling? Maybe it’s you. I’m sure we all know similar people…Every. Thing. Is. A. Major. Issue. And the panic spreads.

There are these amazing people in the world – I have them in my life and I hope they’re in yours, too – that hold up the sky. They may not say it verbally, but they’re likely thinking…No, not today; the sky is not falling today.

They ease the tension. They calm the never-storm. They reset the pace and tone for everyone. It’s beautiful leadership in action. It happens everyday and gets little attention. Next time you see it, honor that sky holder! And yes, Chicken Littles of the world, you can learn this skill.

Who’s your favorite sky holder you want to thank?


MashupMy reading list is filling back up again, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m squeezing in chapters here and there, and you better believe free moments in between meetings and snippets of downtime have their fair share of bit-sized information and education. Here’s a little of what’s been passing through my brain lately:

What are you reading these days?

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The Aftermath of A Leader

by Nursetopia on November 6, 2012

Michael Hyatt’s recent post, “How Are People Left When You Leave Their Presence?” is worth a mention all by itself.

As a leader, how are you leaving people?

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Giving Back, Paying it Forward, Making A Difference

by Nursetopia on October 26, 2012

You are where you are today because of your own diligence and drive in combination with the leadership, mentoring, and encouragement from others throughout your life. You are a wealth of information and resources. Someone is dying to meet and learn from a person like you.

Give yourself freely. Share your experience, your knowledge, your encouragement with others. Help expand other people’s networks with other quality people. Provide constructive feedback. Be present. Be a mentor. Give back, or pay it forward; it’s all the same in making a difference in someone’s life.

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The Responsibility of the Lone Nurse

by Nursetopia on May 2, 2012

"number 1" by Leo Reynolds via Flickr

Often individual nurses are placed in situations, in meetings, and on committees where s/he is the only nurse. Maybe it’s purposeful by the power-hungry/hoarding nurse or by others needing a “token nurse” (e.g. “We need at least one nurse on this project/board/committee.”) Maybe there is really only room for one nurse on the project. RWJF points out nurses are underutilized in the boardroom and should be included on any and every committee, bringing a different, trusted perspective. If the choice is no nurse or one nurse, always – one nurse.

Lone nurses are common. I’ve been there – at the table, looking around, and suddenly realizing, “Oh shoot. I’m the only nurse here!”

Suddenly the pressure on that single nurse becomes great. The voice of nursing resides with that lone nurse. She must be aware of the nursing issues and voices around her. He could bring other nurses into the mix by referring to them, gaining feedback from them, and inquiring thoughts from them. The lone nurse doesn’t have to be a single voice. She can also be the amplifier of many other voices, bringing the powerful, diffuse energy together into a distilled, focused current of laser-sharp decisions.

Uncle Ben’s words to Peter Parker/Spiderman ring true for nurses, as well: With great power comes great responsibility. The choice is yours.

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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.

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Surround Yourself with Greatness

by Nursetopia on February 23, 2012

Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege to learn from many people with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Some people I learned from formally, while others it was more of an informal process. Times and locations changed, and the topics covered everything from computer charting techniques to leadership tips from an executive nurse leader. It is wonderful. What has been even better, though, is that I am continuously surrounded by brilliant people; they teach me even without realizing it. They share their time with me, and simply being with them makes me think differently.

Chances are, there are brilliant folks around you, as well. Are you rubbing shoulders with them, gleaning from their thoughts and ideas, sharing your own and hearing their responses and questions? Surround yourself with those people. They’ll make you better.

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Nurse Blogger Spurs Other Nurses

by Nursetopia on December 6, 2010

If you’re a nurse blogger, or you know a nurse blogger, check out the first ever Those Emergency Blues for Writing.

I love, love, love this idea. I’ll submit an entry from Nursetopia, for sure, but the more, the merrier. TorontoEmergencyRN, thanks for being a leader among us!

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