Influencing the Future of Nursing
Performance Improvement in the Workplace
- Promote a culture of civility and regard
- Promote Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
- Promote Safety-Oriented Practice
- Safe Patient Handling
- Promote collaboration & partnership with Patient & Families ( Their roles, responsibilities, end-of-life)
- Promote Mentorship, Coaching & Leadership
- Promote Budget-Oriented, cost effective practice
- Promote “ Green Practice” for the environment
The Nurse Advocate
Friends of John Liu
The Nursing Office core group attended the Fundraising Event last May 1, 2012 and was very promising. Thanks to Pauline Santos, our Social and Political Activist. We have an invitation by the Chief of Staff from Councilman Leroy Comrie (Queens, NY) about The Nursing Office and its role in the community. With the team is HR Director, Rose Campos and The Nursing Annex Director, Dr. Evelyn Badlon.
Never be a Fool Again
April 1 comes every year as “Fool’s Day” since the 14th century, inspired by Canterbury Tales. (If you remember your literature). Why “fools” because probably you were innocent or ignorant that you lack awareness or knowledge of something that when they pop on you, you believe so quick without judgment. You fall prey to someone’s joke and foolishness on you.
Well, never again be fooled. April has become a Stress Awareness month, Autism Awareness Month, STD Awareness month, Financial Literacy month, and most probably a lot more. Let us get the information, awareness and literacy available and just a click away from our fingertips.
While there are so many things to learn, lighten up as nature has its way of balancing our environment. As we enter this much awaited spring, let us feel the beauty around us: the morning mist that forms in the twigs of trees, the rain that falls to bring the leaves to sprout and the flowers to bloom, let the sun shine in ourselves again, regain our colors and perk up the winter’s mood that has depressed us somewhat and enjoy the company of friends and families for a cookie, ice cream or a coffee break, or a stroll in the park.
Let me see you there!
Nurses State of Mind
Nursing is not a bed of roses; it is indeed a very stressful profession, if not a difficult one. We all have developed a special bond with nursing no matter what specialty we are in. Whether we have a positive or negative feeling about nursing, we know what is out there; we can talk of it in both ways for the sake of truth. Nobody can talk about nursing and its issues more than we do.
While we can say something about our negative issues, we make it a point that we are heard. These could be taken into something to influence nursing in a positive way. While this may not be the case all the time, we can only say it and wish, after all, I’m a nurse for over thirty years and I know what it’s like.
We all know about how the shortage affects the community and more importantly our practice. Let us all be the ambassadors of nursing. Let us become advocates of this special profession and vocation.
I took the challenge that recruitment is one of our greatest contributions to nursing; talking good about ourselves as nurses, the personal fulfillment of its vocation, the professional practice of its science, the financial rewards and the legacy of a modern nightingale.
How to Set SMART Goals
To be truly successful, you need to set and pursue SMART goals. Write them down, and then check them to make sure they are:
· Specific (detailed not general)
· Measurable (can be tracked and inspected)
· Achievable (realistic even if challenging)
· Relevant (lead to important, suitable results and contributions)
· Time-Sensitive (deadline driven)
Today's tip comes from Passport: Reach Your
Goals: Accomplish Your Objectives with Intent, Planning & Determination
by Linda Byars Swindling
Disruptive Behavior in Healthcare Settings
The safety of patients and staff is always the first priority in healthcare settings. It must be the goal of every healthcare to provide a culture of safety for both.
The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Alert on Disruptive Behavior in healthcare settings.
· Healthcare has more assaults than any other industry sector in the US.
· Intimidating and disruptive behaviors can foster medical errors.
· Disruptive behavior contributes to poor patient satisfaction.
· Disruptive behavior contributes to preventable adverse outcomes.
· Disruptive behavior increases the cost of care.
· Safety and quality of patient care is dependent on:
· Collaborative work environment.
Intimidating and disruptive behaviors include:
· Overt actions such as verbal outbursts and physical threat.
· Passive activities such as refusing to perform assigned tasks or quietly exhibiting uncooperative attitudes during routine activities.
· Reluctance or refusal to answer questions, return phone calls or pages.
· Condescending language or voice intonation; and impatience with questions.
· The presence of intimidating and disruptive behaviors erodes professional behavior and creates an unhealthy or even hostile work environment – one that is readily recognized by patients and their families.
Nurses Need to KISS
As nurses and professionals, we are always challenged by deep thoughts and critical thinking. We are trained to be always correct and to make good decisions. There is nothing wrong with that. However, when we are trapped into so many issues, and it comes to a point when we are almost sorry for thinking “I could have…., I should have…”, we should let go and forget about it. “The past is history, the future is a mystery. All you must truly be concerned with is the present. No matter what has gone before, you have the option to make changes, to make new choices, right now.” This is an excerpt from Keep it Simple and Sane, by Barb Rogers
Tips for Keeping it Simple and Sane
· Thoughts can accumulate like old, dusty house clutter, and provide you with an excuse not to move forward with your life, but to dwell in the familiar.
· Quit thinking about what you “should” have done. If you could have done it differently, you would have.
· You must first be mentally balanced to achieve a total healthy balance in your life.
· Consider words that you believe define you, words that you have heard others use to describe you, words that come from past memories, and old words that might once have been used to describe you. Are there words you are holding on to that caused you to sacrifice other, more positive words? You have the power to change those words, but it’s a choice you have to make for yourself.
· Engage in every aspect of life that you can, and enjoy the ride. Accept the helping hands of travelers who have gone before you, and when you become a traveler; be ready to offer your own hand to those that need guidance in their own rides.
Excerpted from Keep it Simple and Sane, by Barb Rogers
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Nurses on Call: How May I help you?
If you have any issues or questions that you want answers or opinions, you may ask our Nurses on Call to help you. We will try to get answers as factual as possible or refer you to our resources.