It’s a beautiful word. I use it a lot in health care – to talk about professionals in their work in addition to encouraging professionals as they learn. We live and work in an immediate culture. We have to have and do and be everything – all at once - now. It seems as though there is little to no time given to individuals to learn these days, and I mean this as an expectation from both the teacher/supervisor as well as the learner. We set unrealistic expectations of ourselves and demand that we know everything on day one.
I know because I am the same way.
I picked up a phrase, a philosophy, really, from my brother-in-law, a pastor, about a decade ago. He always used to say, “Give people grace to grow,” meaning we all make mistakes, and we all learn from our mistakes; allow people to have time to make mistakes and learn from them. This has deep spiritual meaning for me in the workplace – in health care – today, and I frequently tell this to team members as they are orienting or learning a new system or process. I whisper it to myself at times, as well.
Grace to grow. Grace to grow. Grace to grow.
Growth takes time; growth takes patience; growth takes grace. Provide your life with some space – some grace…to grow.
I have had the privilege of interacting with many, many, many disciplines and departments recently. Each time, I have walked away thinking, “Man, what a great team!”
One person doesn’t make a team; numerous people do. Everyone has a skill, a part to contribute. And, excellence happens every single day – right in front of our eyes. Yet we choose not to see it because we aren’t really looking for it. Excellence has become the expectation, the norm; I assure you, it is not always the norm.
Point out the everyday excellence that is happening around you. Many people think they’re “just doing [their] jobs,” but recognize someone who does the excellent work every single day. And keep knocking your own work out of the park even if no one else sees it. It’ll come back around to you. It will.
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.
A sweet friend shared this quote with me several years ago. I often think about it, and I most certainly thought about it a lot this week as people within my organization – people I love working alongside – learned of my move to another healthcare system and we shared conversations of the past, present, and future.
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?
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?
Do you know or work with a healthcare professional who goes above and beyond in patient care?
Of course you do!
I bet you know more than one person that fits in this category. Whoever it is – an RN, Advanced Practice Nurse, LVN/LPN, Nursing Student, or other Non-physician Healthcare Professional – nominate him or her for Cherokee Uniform’s 2013 Inspired Comfort Award by August 1, 2013.
Not only does this award have some serious professional credibility and can highlight that nurse or other colleague that flies below the radar on his or her excellence, but this award has some serious winners-circle perks:
Grand Prize winners in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two. All other winners will receive:
- An all-expenses-paid trip to a 2014 U.S. medical conference of each winner’s choice; and
- An annual membership to their preferred clinical association.
All winners receive:
- A wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear worth more than $1,000;
- A crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin;
- A year’s subscription to Scrubs – the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and
- A $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.
Wowza! Who wouldn’t love a nomination for the Cherokee 2013 Inspired Comfort Award? You only have a few days left, so nominate away, check out the official Cherokee Inspired Comfort Facebook page, and follow @InspiredComfort on Twitter.