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Walk, don’t run, for wellness

I’d been struggling to find resources for a project and I was coming up empty. As my frustration grew, I finally said to myself: “Step away from the computer and go take a walk.” How many times have I advised others to do this as a stress management strategy and I wasn’t taking my own advice? So I did.

As I strolled along on a beautiful day with blue sky and puffy white clouds, my head started to clear and I could feel the creativity flowing.

So here is the “power of a WALK” and what it can do for you.

W - Walk off all the stress in your body. Keep walking until your pace starts to slow down into a rhythm, you stop thinking about everything you were doing that was getting to you before you started walking, your mind starts to open up to creative thoughts, and you start noticing your surroundings. Now you are starting to let in what will rejuvenate you. [more]

Save yourself: Tips for protecting your valuable time

First, a couple of brief items:

Better Meetings, Better Outcomes: You can download the PDF I promised a few days ago, “What am I doing here? Tips for being accountable in meetings,” here.

Nursing Survey Ends 5/27: Our 2015 nursing survey is still open if you want to share your thoughts and (not incidentally) participate in our drawing for Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hcpronurses2015

Next, my confession.

I’ll admit it, I peeked—I couldn’t resist the temptation to look at the results of our ongoing 2015 nursing survey to find out the biggest issues facing nurses today.

Would you be surprised if I mentioned that time (not enough of it) is as common a concern today as it was in the 2013 survey? To relieve some of your pain, I’ll share some great tips from Sharon Cox, [more]

10 ways to be healthy in retirement

Are you a nurse who is close to retirement or considering whether early retirement is an option? Here are some ways nurses can retire well.

R – Rejuvenate yourself with rest whenever possible. We are so busy all the time that now is the time to fill some of your free time by winding down and resting. Rest becomes more important as you age (whether you want to admit that or not) so fit in those naps to restore your energy so you can keep up the pace of living the good life. Boomers always have a lot to do and need energy to do it, so try to work it in. People who take naps live longer too!

E – Enjoy the company of other retiring Boomers. Now we have time to reconnect with old friends from our early days. Remember those school mates you grew up with? It’s never too late to reconnect and reconstruct those old memories.

T – Travel to the places you’ve always dreamed of. What are you waiting for? The time is now. If money is no object, just go. If it is an issue, get creative. Teach classes on board ship and get your trip paid for (I did this several times!) Organize a trip to a place you want to go and be the tour guide. Volunteer to be a tour guide for trips that someone else is organizing. Exchange houses with a family from another country you want to visit. There is always a way to get what you want if you apply some creativity to the process. [more]

What am I doing here? Tips for being accountable in meetings

We’ve all been in meetings where everyone nodded and appeared to agree to something, but a few months later, nothing had changed. Why does that happen?

Because all they’ve agreed to is that they’ve come up with a good idea.

No one committed to a specific plan to make that good idea happen. The meeting organizer most likely didn’t set proper expectations and didn’t ask for specific, measurable commitments. The people attended the meeting, but didn’t have enough context to actively participate. They didn’t have the tools to make a commitment to action, and to hold themselves accountable for real results in a few weeks or a few months.

Great meetings that result in action, improvement, or resolutions are a joy to attend.

The next time you’re invited to a meeting, follow these suggestions so you’re prepared to be engaged and contribute rather than sitting for an hour as a passive participant. If the invitation didn’t explain the purpose of the meeting, if it included only a sketchy agenda, or if it didn’t include one at all, ask the organizer the questions in the following table prior to or early in the meeting.

Meeting questionsAgreeing to a good idea
just isn’t good enough.

Try using these questions to create a structure for great meetings that result in a better understanding, clarity of purpose, and positive outcomes.

 

 

 

 

Note: I’ll have the table as a download for you in a few days. Look for a link in a future blog post to share the tips with your colleagues!


Excerpted from Team-Building Handbook: Accountability Strategies for Nurses and Accountability in Nursing, both by Eileen Lavin Dohmann, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, and published by HCPro.

10 steps for training your brain to get what you want

We have power within ourselves that we often either don’t know about, have little faith in, disregard, or just don’t trust. But if we understand that we can change our situations through education, opening up to newness, or practicing a different perspective or thought pattern, life can be different. And if you believe, you can conceive!

I’m a fan of the Law of Attraction and have had some success, but you don’t have to be a follower of the Law of Attraction to bring what you want and need into your life. Here are 10 simple tips you can use to retrain your brain to open the door to attracting positive outcomes.

A – Allow yourself to be open to the possibility that you can have whatever you put your mind to

T – Think positive thoughts [more]

Free Webcast: Techniques to improve critical-thinking skills

HCPro is celebrating and recognizing nurses all week long with special giveaways, prizes, and promotions.

OnDemandWebcastEnjoy this FREE webcast on us!

Critical Thinking and Patient Outcomes: Engaging Novice and Experienced Nurses

Join renowned critical thinking expert Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN, for a 90-minute webcast for nurse managers, educators, and nursing professional development specialists about strengthening nursing staff’s critical-thinking skills.

This program provides practical strategies for developing critical-thinking skills in novice and experienced nurses. It discusses how to foster an ongoing program that emphasizes critical-thinking skills and how improved critical thinking can impact patient outcomes.

To access this FREE webcast, enter discount code EW323823 at checkout.

And be sure not to miss…

Yesterday’s post has links to a 20% discount code on all nursing products, a BOGO on books and handbooks, and other activities of interest…

BOGO: Buy one, get one discount on nursing books

Take advantage of HCPro’s Nursing BOGO event: Buy one nursing book at full price
and get the second one at 50% off* now through May 18, 2015.

second bookClick here to download HCPro’s 2015 Nursing Catalogue,
or go straight to our online store to start shopping.

To receive the discount on your second book, please enter
discount code EO323822 at checkout.

*50% off lesser or equal value product.

 

——RECENT POSTS——

⇒ 5/4: Who inspires you? There’s still time to submit your favorite quotes in posted comments, here.

⇒ 5/6: You can still use the 20% Nurses Week discount offered in this post (though it can’t be used in combination with the BOGO discount).

⇒ 5/8: Enter our 10 question survey here for a chance to win a copy of Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships, by Kathleen Bartholomew.

Enter our nursing survey: You could win a team-building handbook!

Our mission is to provide you with essential tools, articles, tips, and books to support your practice… and we want you to tell us what you need. What kind of challenges do you face? What subjects excite you? Please take a few minutes to answer our 10 question survey, and give us your wish list!

THINTN coverTo thank you for participating in our Nurses Week survey, you also
have an opportunity to win a copy of Kathleen Bartholomew’s
Team-Building Handbook: Improving Nurse-to-Nurse Relationships.
Just complete the survey between now and midnight on May 27, 2015, and provide your contact information on the last page.

Click on the link below to begin the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hcpronurses2015

All of your answers are confidential and anonymous, and your contact info will only be used to let you know if you won a handbook. If you have questions related to the survey, please contact cmoore@hcpro.com.

Thank you!

——RECENT POSTS——

⇒ 5/4: Who inspires you? There’s still time to submit your favorite quotes in posted comments, here.

⇒ 5/6: You can still use the 20% Nurses Week discount offered in this post.

Nurses Week 20% discount!

HCPro thanks nurses who have dedicated their life to helping patients and providing the best quality of care. To show our appreciation, we have created one place for nurse leaders, managers, and staff development professionals like you to go to find time-saving resources dedicated to helping you lead, educate, and train your nursing staff.

HappyNursesWeekHere’s a 20% discount code you can use during Nurses Week toward the purchase of any of our nursing products. Please use discount code NRSWK2015 to receive 20% off your order. Visit www.hcmarketplace.com to start shopping.

 

 

——Recent posts for boomer nurses——

⇒ 5/06: Carol Ebert offers 9 ways to transition to retirement without having a meltdown in this post.

⇒ 4/29: Carol Ebert rocks your health with what she knows now about being really healthy, here.

⇒ 4/23: Carol Ebert offers 7 ways to calm a busy boomer, in this post.

Happy Nurses Week: A thank you to our favorite nurses

Is there any doubt that nurses heal the spirit, as well as HappyNursesWeekthe body?

The stories in The Boston Globe annual “Patients Salute Their Nurses” piece offer an inspiring and humbling testament to all the nursing profession can be.

In 400 thank-you letters from grateful patients, family members, and colleagues, Boston’s nurses received personal acknowledgment and messages of love inspired by their deep commitment to the profession and their patients.

Here are snippets from some of my favorite letters:

Diane goes above and beyond, treating me with dignity and respect, even calling me weekly to check on my weight and well-being. Like a friendly drill sergeant, she reminds me to keep my weight down and to pay attention to what I eat.

Joe provided intense, meticulous, and sensitive care not only to Mike, but also to his extended family. Joe’s quiet and steady presence gave us hope and strength when we needed it most. Mike did not make it through the night, but the blow of his passing was softened by the gift of time that Joe made possible.
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