Dr. Oz is searching for a nurse to join his core team of experts on his television show and we think we know the perfect nurse!
Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare communication and patient safety. She is the author of the groundbreaking books Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other and Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication. She’s extremely well respected by other nurses, is considered a thought leader, and has spoken to tens of thousands of nurses and healthcare leaders in speeches, conferences, and seminars across the world.
If you’re interested in nominating Kathleen, copy and paste the link below into a web browser. Kathleen’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all get stuck in the mud once in a while. On a regular basis in my case! But it doesn’t have to stop nurse managers and leaders completely and sabotage your dreams. It’s easy to give in and give up when this happens, but I just see it as business as usual. Time for a course correction to jump start yourself once again. You’re just a tweak away from getting up and getting going again.
Here are some tips that might help:
U – Unwind for a while and relax to clear your head. Schedule time on your calendar to ensure you will do this.
N – Note what’s going on. Consider writing in a journal about it.
S – Speak your truth and be honest with yourself. [more]
Your internal voice—the voice of your truth—may be giving you messages and needs to be heard. Access this important information by taking time to slow down, quiet your mind, get comfortable with stillness, and find a way to meditate that is right for you. Turn off the world’s input for a while and just “be”.
How can you practice quieting your mind? Consider methods such as meditation, prayer, gentle movement, or walking in solitude.
Become aware of what happens to you when you have quieted yourself. Do a quick body scan from head to toe. [more]
Has work got you and your nurses operating on overload? Sometimes we need a wake-up call before we are willing to change and it usually manifests itself as pain resulting from stress. Headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back aches, indigestion, insomnia, and other ails.
What signs are you experiencing that might indicate stress overload and imbalance?
It’s time to re-assess your situation and start some self-care practices. Here is one idea I love and if you do this for your staff, they will really appreciate you.
Get a crock pot and fill it with water. Add many washcloths to soak up all the water and then put the crock pot on low so the wash clothes get nice and warm. [more]
As promised last week, we’ve added a free download from Kathleen Bartholomew’s Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, Second Edition, in honor of being the only book chosen by the American Nurses Association as a recommended bullying and horizontal hostility prevention tool.
To access the download site for a tool you can use to evaluate the health of your workplace as regards bullying, lateral violence, and other undesirable behaviors, click here.
To read last week’s story the ANA position statement on workplace violence and the nursing profession, click here.
The problem of clinical alarm fatigue is so pervasive in hospitals that The Joint Commission created a new National Patient Safety Goal to address it. With so many device alarms going off, staff may tune them out and miss important warnings that can lead to adverse patient events.
In this webcast scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern, Deborah Whalen and Jim Piepenbrink of Boston Medical Center will explain how their facility successfully reduced alarm fatigue through process management, collaboration, and governance.
Register today for Clinical Alarm Management: Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Meet The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal and get the knowledge you need to improve alarm management in your facility.
Visit the webpage for more information or to register, here.
On August 31, the American Nurses Association issued a press release announcing its updated position statement on workplace bullying and violence, stating that the “nursing profession will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source.”
Among the interventions recommended as “primary prevention” is the HCPro classic work by Kathleen Bartholomew,
Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, Second Edition. In fact, Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility has the distinction of being the only book recommended to RNs and their employers in the statement as a front line tool for preventing incivility and bullying.
We are so honored to have published Kathleen’s work, and congratulate her for this wonderful recognition of a lifetime commitment to making the nursing workplace a healthier, more collegial place. If you would like to add your best wishes, feel free to comment below!
F – Fun should be on the agenda whenever possible. How much fun are you and your colleagues having during the day? If none, how can you incorporate more into the daily routine?
A – Attitude of positivity at all times. Check your attitude every hour and if you need an adjustment, just press an imaginary RESET button and readjust. After all, you can only hold one attitude at a time, whether positive or negative. The choice is yours so choose the best one for yourself and everyone around you.
L – Laugh! It’s healthy for your body, mind, and soul and can be infectious.
L – Lighten up and don’t take everything so seriously. Yes we do serious work but we don’t have to wallow in it. What is one thing you can incorporate in your day to help lighten up the workplace?
Nurse leaders know that change is inevitable. If you don’t embrace it and welcome it, or at least accept it, you might find yourself fighting a losing battle.
Awareness is an important first step in the change process. Do a quick personal assessment of your situation, be honest with yourself, and be open to what you discover. Ask yourself:
What is changing for you and your staff?
Why are these changes occurring?
Where do you spend most of your time: fighting the change or managing the change?
What do your feelings tell you about what you are doing?
What support do you need when working through change?
What steps do you need to take to reduce the stress and move forward with the possibilities?
You don’t have to go through this alone. People like me help people like you every day using coaching techniques. If you need support, please contact me for a sample coaching session.
What kind of manager are you? What do others say about you? Here’s a list of qualities that I like in a manager.
M - Meets employees where they are and accepts them.
A - Assesses their attitude daily and keeps a positive attitude.
N - Notices greatness and share with others.
A - Ask questions rather than giving advice.
G - Greets everyone they see with a smile.
E - Engages employees in the decision making process.
R - Recognizes achievements and celebrates regularly.