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Salon Update – Wednesday, July 19 – Draft July 21, 2017

Posted by mariemanthey in Leadership, Nursing Salons.
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The salon recently at my home was one of the best… which is what we always seem to say as we are checking out.

I’m often asked the ideal size of a salon, and I’ve come to the conclusion that something between 10 and 15 is just about right.

Having said that, I have had wonderful conversations with just 2 or 3, and I’ve facilitatated mass salons simultaneously for about 180 people seated at round tables at the TX nurses assn. delegates meeting. The excitement, enthusiasm and utter joy experienced during the checkout of all the groups was absolutely magnificient.

So, size for a salon is a moving target and should never be a determining factor on whether to hold one or not. If a group is very large – say 30 or more – it is entirely possible to have them divided in to two salons that meet simultaneously.

A further word about Wednesday night’s salon: it was truly inter-disciplinary, as so many are now. There were occupational therapists, a social worker, a physician, and the rest were nurses from such far-ranging occupations as a forensic-health medical examining nurse, a faculty member, a nurse executive, and staff nurses from different places working in different specialties. Truly eclectic yet the conversation was totally congruent in values and in the experiences of being a health care practitioner.

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