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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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9 ways to transition into the Boomer retirement zone without having a meltdown

If you are about to retire or are simply inching closer to retirement, here are some important things to think about. The first big message as you make the transition is to CELEBRATE! After all, retirement is inevitable, so why not enjoy? You have a choice to either take the negative path or the positive path. Since I know that the positive path is the wellness path, and your bodymind is happier this way and functions better, I choose that one.

C – Celebrate your transition day in a great way totally designed by YOU!

Why not? It’s your big day. Take a moment and decide what would be the best way for you to celebrate. Some want a big bash, some want a big trip, some want a big present, some want a ______________ (fill in the blank). Sometimes just spending time creating a new life plan is the best celebration there is. You are on the way to another phase of life and what does that look like? [more]

Live webcast: Surgical Environment Compliance: Meet CMS and Joint Commission Requirements

Live webcast: Surgical Environment Compliance: Meet CMS and Joint Commission Requirements

Presented on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 1:00 – 2:30 P.M (ET)

Presented by Steven A. MacArthur, and Jorge Sosa, CHFM, CHSP, CHC

This 90-minute live webcast will help accreditation and safety professionals get a handle on the unprecedented scrutiny being applied to the management of conditions in the operating room physical environment.  Join Steven A. MacArthur and Jorge Sosa, CHFM, CHSP, CHC, as they address the change in standards regulating humidity levels in operating rooms and the potential effects on equipment and supplies to ensure patient safety.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Understand and apply the regulatory requirements as set forth by CMS and The Joint Commission
2. Use design specifications and other guidance
3. Recognize current vulnerabilities in your organization
4. Manage the survey process for the surgical environment now and in the future
5. Promote ongoing compliance

For more information or to register, please visit http://hcmarketplace.com/surgical-environment-compliance.

Nurses Week: Your 20% sneak peek savings

HCPro is celebrating and recognizing nurses all week long with special giveaways, prizes, and promotions, but we don’t want to wait until Wednesday to start the celebration!

Starting today, you can use our special Nurses Week 2015 catalog coverdiscount code to save on any and all nursing books, videos, and webinars… Just use discount code NRSWK2015 at checkout to receive 20% off your selections.

Download and browse our 2015 catalogue of resources for nurse leaders and staff development professionals here, and visit hcmarketplace.com to place your order!

 

 

 

 

——OTHER RECENT POSTS——

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

⇒ 5/6: A thank you to our favorite nurses, from Boston. Here’s the post.

Rock Your Health: What I didn’t know then and I do know now about how to be really healthy

As a wellness professional, it is only in the last few years that I even heard about low glycemic eating and living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Are you familiar with those terms? This information certainly was not part of the many wellness presentations I have provided to the masses over the years. However, by chance−or probably by universal intervention−I realized there was more to learn about nutrition and its effect on the body, besides the old “food pyramid” I used to promote with great zeal.

I now know that all food is not the same, and that “low-glycemic” foods are what your body desires. Not the high carb, high sugar, processed, and artificially flavored temptations found in today’s food chain. And I also now know that restaurants are often not our friend. Their goal is to get us to love what they serve so much that we will return again and again because the taste was so spectacular. [more]

Nurses: What inspires you to reach for excellence?

Nurses Week is a good time to reflect on what sets the nursing profession apart from so many others. Nurses have a reverence for the work (however flawed circumstances may be on a day-to-day basis), and a commitment to bettering the “caring profession.”

This Nurses Week, please give some thought to what inspires Elizabeth Kenney2you to reach for excellence. Submit your favorite inspirational quotes and sayings in the comments box below and we will share them so all can be uplifted. We’ll also compile the best into a resource to sustain you on the days when you face challenges.

Here’s a quote from an amazing Australian nurse, Elizabeth Kenney. In the 1930’s, she pioneered the use of physical therapy, rather than immobilization, for polio victims.

 

It is better to be a lion for a day
than a sheep all your life.

             —Elizabeth Kenney, 1880-1952

 

NOTE⇒ You can use the 20% Nurses Week discount offered in this post through 5/12/2015.

Rock Your Health: Seven ways to calm a busy boomer

I am a busy boomer. Always on the move and always doing more than I need to. I am an energizer bunny. It seems to be a trait of many fellow boomers that we don’t want to slow down.

What I have noticed, however, is I get so busy “doing” that I don’t take enough time “being.” And by doing all the time, I miss out on a lot of what is great about my age and wisdom and being a boomer. In an effort to correct that, I (sadly) have to schedule time on my calendar for relaxation and reflection, which is apparently what we have to do today to get any free time for ourselves. As crazy as that seems, it actually works and is a great tool if you are looking for a way to build time into your day for YOU!

So pull out your calendars and create some space for you every day where you can REFLECT on all that is great about your life and what lies ahead. Here are a few steps to follow.

R – Realize what is happening in the present moment

If you are caught-up rehashing something in the past or projecting into the future, you have totally missed what is happening in the present moment. And that is all we have! Take a breath, and pay attention to the right now time and what is in your mind. Is it what you want to be thinking about? Is it serving you well or making you stressed? Is it negative or positive? Right here, right now, think about something pleasant and stay with that thought, and your body and mind will thank you.

E – Escape from your current focus and take time out to think

Now that you have adjusted your thoughts toward positivity, stay there for a while and think of all the things you are grateful for. As you continue these thoughts, you might notice a smile creeping in on your face as you ponder what is great about you and your life. How good does that feel? [more]

Don’t Disclose: Peer review confidentiality guidelines download

confidential Recently, I posted an overview of the key confidentiality requirements for
members of the peer review committee. At long last, you can download a copy
of Don’t Disclose here, for the case review committee members in your organization.

Last week’s peer review webcast (presented by Laura Harrington and Marla Smith) was followed by a lively question and answer period. Topics ranged from the meaning of “timely” in terms of completing a review* to the virtues of including a section in your scoring that considers “contributing factors”** … and much more.

You can learn more about the on demand version of the webinar here and the presenters’ nursing peer review book here.

 

 

  * Answer: <90 days

** Answer: Be flexible. If you want to include special factors in scoring, it may help identify process issues to address proactively separate from the review