• Leadership,  Nursing and Healthcare

    Should Nurse Managers Be Advocates For Their Staff?

    Nurses are so often told to be advocates for our patients. We advocate for them with doctors. We advocate for them with the very organizations we work for. We advocate for them with their families. We advocate for them with insurance companies. I think you get the idea. Nurses advocate for their patients. This is not just something we are told to do, it is something we actually DO. It is a natural part of being a nurse. I don’t know if it has something to do the personality type that would become a nurse. I don’t know if it has something to do with our training. I don’t know…

  • Nursing and Healthcare

    7 Tips to Ensure the Best Long-Term Care For your Loved One

    Let’s face it, placing your mom, dad, or a grandparent in a nursing home is difficult. How do we find the right one? Will they be treated well? Are they going to be taken care of? The questions, and doubts are endless.   Sadly, all we hear about nursing homes are the horror stories. Like just nearly everything else in life, the bad stories we hear are often much fewer than the positive work that is actually going on in most of these facilities. Still, the decision to put a loved on in a “home” is difficult. Here are 5 tips to ensure that your parents get the best long…

  • Leadership

    What Instructs, but Why Can Inspire

    Communication is important. I think nearly every person, at every level, in every company would agree with this. However, how we communicate and, even more importantly, what we communicate is harder to agree upon. I can’t speak for everybody, but as a registered nurse for the past 18 years I can speak to how I, and others like me, feel about such things. I would wager that this is true of not only nurses, but of many people. When communicating to people you lead, it’s not enough to tell them WHAT. Often times, you need to also tell them WHY. It’s how we’re trained. When it comes to RNs, we…

  • Leadership,  Nursing and Healthcare

    A Culture of Fear in Leadership – It’s Effect, But Is It Healthy?

    I think most of us have been there. A new manager, director, CEO, or whatever comes in and seems to feel a need to shake things up. Before you know it a member of the team has been let go or, at least, encouraged to leave. Now the entire team is scared. Who will be next? This scenario has been played out over and over again in companies all over the country, probably all over the world. No industry is immune to this, even nursing. I have personally seen it in both the hospital and outpatient settings. It almost certainly leads to increased compliance and decreased cost for a period…

  • Leadership

    6 Steps to Becoming a Networking Mastermind

    Networking is a big deal. Some may say it isn’t, but I’ve seen the power of it. Networking has allowed me to go from knowing nobody, to rubbing elbows with and being on a first name basis with some of the biggest names in a variety of industries. As a systems analyst I was able to use networking to go from knowing very little about computer programing to sitting in a private session with executive level leaders of the company that developed the software I was responsible for. As a children’s pastor networking allowed me to go from knowing nobody to having some of the biggest names in the industry…

  • Nursing and Healthcare

    I Am a Nurse

    I am a nurse. I have seen many people die. I have watched husbands lose wives and wives lose husbands. I have watched children lose parents and, even worse, I have watched parents lose children. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like being a nurse, this is what it’s like. In the midst of all this, what keep us human? I have stood by while doctors gave a first time diagnosis of cancer, and I’ve seen the fear in the eyes of the patient and family. I have watched while a patient suffering a stroke cried with frustration at their inability to speak or move. I’ve held the hand of a…