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?
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…”
Nurses’ 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!
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’m not sure when it happened, but it seems like algorithms and “pathways” have overtaken healthcare. I’m not complaining; I love it. I’m a visual person, so when people explain processes to me, I tend to draw them as I’m listening or reviewing my notes. I’ve found that algorithms turn gray processes and care to black and white. They clarify exactly what everyone can and should do rather than leave that information in one person’s head. I frequently make – and revise – algorithms. They’re easy, artful, practical, and just plain smart work.
I make algorithms one of two ways – in Microsoft Visio or in Microsoft PowerPoint. You could also use Microsoft Publisher, but I prefer not to use it for algorithm creation simply because I know PowerPoint shortcuts and tools much better. Visio is intended to develop algorithms and pathways. It’s incredibly easy to use (especially if you know how to use PowerPoint or Publisher) and takes all the guesswork out of making straight lines and centering text. If you don’t have Visio but make a lot of algorithms (or are planning to do so), purchasing Visio is well worth the investment. No, Microsoft Visio is not paying me for this article; I just love Visio that much. I know, it’s geekily comical. I am unashamed.
If you don’t have Visio, you can still develop your algorithms in PowerPoint. It may take a little longer than Visio, but hey – it works. Open a blank file. You’ll only need to use one PowerPoint slide for this. Start adding your quadrilateral shapes, overlaid text boxes, and add in arrows. Capture or highlight all the items on the slide, group them, and then right-click to save the file as a picture to then insert into other documents. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
Do you use or create algorithms in your healthcare setting?
I’m pretty keen on statistics. Writing, speaking, and leading – I can drop some numbers on you in no time. The statistics shared through the Thunder Road film, though, stopped me in my tracks.
My dad is a veteran. Several of my uncles are veterans. My brother is a veteran. I have family and friends serving at home and abroad right now. There are more than 22 in my quick calculations. I cannot imagine any of them taking their own lives. Perhaps they have thought of it, though, based on their experiences and enduring post-traumatic stress disorders, or PTSD.
I can’t share the Thunder Road information as good as the film writers, so please take a moment to view the video below, providing more information about PTSD in veterans as well as the film itself.
Consider supporting the Thunder Road film creation; there are some pretty cool incentives for contributing. Share this information with your colleagues. Change your practice to provide appropriate care for PTSD among veterans.
They’ve fought for us and others. It’s time we fight for them.
Here’s a smidgen of what I’ve been reading (and watching) this week:
What have you been giving your attention to this week?
My reading and education mashup lists have been scarce lately, I know. Trust me, I’ve been reading, reading, reading; I just haven’t posted much with our bipolar summer – hectic at many moments and then waaaay laid back at other times. Here’s a little sample of what I’ve been perusing lately.
What about you? What are some readings that have caught your attention lately?
I’m an oncology nurse. I’m passionate about many things – including cancer survivorship. I’m pretty vocal about testicular cancer. Why? It’s simple – I have many males in my life that I hold dear. I bet you do, too – no matter your gender. It’s important for all of us to know about testicular cancer and the impact it makes on men and their entire lives.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nick O’Hara Smith of Checkemlads several years ago at the LIVESTRONG Global Summit in Ireland. It was not hard to miss Nick; he carried a giant, stuffed testicle and spread education about testosterone deficiency after testicular cancer. Needless to say, that man is not only changing the UK but the world through his awareness messages.
Nick and other testicular cancer survivors are once again shining a light on the stigmatized disease of testicular cancer. They’re talking about it with authentic tenacity. I’m not going to lie – I shed some tears listening to the stories of men advocating for their health and quality of life. And I love that the film team included discussions with an oncology clinical nurse specialist.
Take some time; watch the video; share the video.
Are you part of a nursing organization? No, are you really a part of a nursing organization – not just on paper? Do you volunteer on committees and provide feedback and attend meetings?
At this moment, I’m in Pennsylvania with other members of the Oncology Nursing Society. I am working alongside some brilliant oncology nurses on a project. And I do mean brilliant nurses. For example, much of my current work in practice revolves around the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) Distress Management Guidelines. I had dinner last night with one of the nurses serving on that advisory panel. At the end of the evening I realized my ongoing work with the Oncology Nursing Society afforded me that great opportunity.
Now that’s cool.
Are you putting the work into your nursing association and reaping the benefits?