RSSArchive for September, 2009

Nurses use artistic talents to improve patient experience and hospital atmosphere

This past summer, nurses Mary Cohn and Annette Bargmann of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Parole, MD, visited patient rooms armed not with medication, but with acrylic paint.

AAMC is undergoing a series of renovations that have necessitated many windows in the acute care pavilion being covered with a film to darken the windows toshield patients from the occasional glare of the construction equipment and provide more privacy. This film has replaced the natural light flooding into patient rooms and has created a gloomy atmosphere. [more]

Mercy: An in or out for nurses and their image?

Last night was the season premiere of NBC’s new nursing series; Mercy and we want to know what you thought.

Many nurses hoped this show would be different from Showtimes’ Nurse Jackie and TNT’s HawthoRNe. But as I read more and more comments on NBC’s Web site from viewers who watched last night’s premiere, it seems that this show is off to a rough start. [more]

Will new television series Mercy shine a different light on nursing image?

As this summer’s new nursing series: Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe have reached their season’s end, it’s time for a new fall series to pick up; Mercy.

Mercy debuts tonight on NBC at 8pm EST and hopes to change the way nurses are portrayed on television. What makes this series different than Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe, is that writers for Mercy have been using an RN consultant when it comes to developing story ideas and script reviews for the series.


It’s All a Matter of Perspective

Peter Druker, often called the Father of Modern Management, made the following observation, “We spend a lot of time teaching managers what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching them what to stop. Half the leaders I’ve met don’t need to learn what to do – they need to learn what to stop.” We simply need to adjust our perspective.

Keeping that in mind, an executive coach named Marshall Goldsmith wrote a book in 2007 called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: 20 Workplace Habits You Need To Break. I recommend this book for your Fall reading list! It’s a chapter by chapter in-depth look at each of the 20 habits we should get rid of as we advance in workplace leadership. Goldsmith offers numerous stories from his own career and his executive coaching experiences to illustrate each habit and keep the content ‘moving along’.

Here is the list of 20 habits. Interestingly, they’re not reflective of a flaw in managerial skills. Nor do these habits reflect a shortcoming in intelligence or a personality flaw. All of them are indicative of challenges in interpersonal behavior. It may take reading the books’ descriptions to gain the right perspective and apply it to your own leadership skill mix, but here they are for your consideration:

  1. Winning too much
  2. Adding too much value
  3. Passing judgment
  4. Making destructive comments
  5. Starting with “No”, “But”, or “However”
  6. Telling the world how smart we are
  7. Speaking when angry
  8. “Let me explain why that won’t work…”
  9. Withholding information
  10. Failing to give proper recognition
  11. Claiming credit we don’t deserve
  12. Making excuses
  13. Clinging to the past
  14. Playing favorites
  15. Refusing to express regret
  16. Not listening
  17. Failing to express gratitude
  18. Punishing the messenger
  19. Passing the buck
  20. An excessive need to be “me”

Goldsmith, M. (2007). What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: 20 Workplace Habits You Need To Break. Hyperion: NYC.

    Why the public image of nursing is important

    The image of nursing is important. Public image creates a frame-work by which others approach nursing as a profession, as well as each nurse individually. Image influences patient safety, resource allocation, public policy, recruitment into the profession, and other issues that have far-reaching consequences.

    This is an exciting time in healthcare. Never before has the role of the nurse been so pivotal to our patients, our employing agencies, or our profession. While the issues we face in healthcare are critical, we are an industry in flux. Presenting a balanced view of the nurse’s role and contribution to healthcare is essential. The impact of nursing’s images comes to bear in several important ways.