As a nurse manager or nurse leader, you probably have many unfilled dreams. What is standing in the way of you realizing those dreams? Think about whether this roadblock is a true obstacle or a false belief about yourself. Break it down into small components so you can chip away at it a little bit at a time. You can’t move a large boulder, but you can chisel off small rocks, until you have the strength to push it aside.
Write down one roadblock standing in the way of what you want in life. [more]
If you have lost the passion as a nurse manager or nurse leader, it’s time to ask yourself whether you are willing to challenge the status quo to begin living your passion. Try the below exercise to identify what you love to do.
First, make a list of five things you love to do. Then prioritize your list.
Is priority number one your passion?
How much time do you devote to priority number one? How does it relate to the work you are doing? [more]
Editor’s note: The below post is authored by Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, who is hoping to represent the profession of nursing as the nurse expert on the Dr. Oz show. Dr. Oz is conducting a nationwide search to find the perfect nurse to join his team and is accepting nominations. Visit the webpage at the bottom of this post to nominate Kathleen.
I am on a journey to make healthcare better.
For 15 years I have dedicated my life to empowering nurses and understanding the hidden forces that threaten our identity and potential. What would happen if your patients understood not only their pivotal role in healing, but also the real work of nursing? The trajectory of illness and disease in this country would be radically altered.
As a mother of five children, I have the life experiences that resonate with the general public at a gut level. As an author of five books on the healthcare culture, I have the understanding and expertise to be a voice for this noble profession. And as a seasoned public speaker, I have collected stories from across this nation that poignantly reflect not only nurses’ reality, but the experiences of many of our patients as well.
This may seem like an unusual question to ask nurse managers and nurse leaders, but it’s one that is worth thinking about. Is your job too comfortable? Is it not stimulating enough? Are you stuck in a rut?
Being in your comfort zone is comfortable, but it may not be the best place for you. If your goal is to have a more joyful existence, then take some risks. [more]
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 email@example.com.
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]