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Symposium Review – from Renata Tewes July 28, 2017

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Professor Dr. Renata Tewes of Dresden, Germany was one of our international attendees at the Relationship-Based Care Symposium last month. 

Here are some thoughts she shared with us about the event.

What did I expect? Of course, an interesting conference, good discussions in the workshops and nice meetings with old and new colleagues during the breaks.

Nobody prepared me for what else happened on the RBC Symposium in Minneapolis. The name of the company organizing this event is Creative Health Care Management. The word creative could have been a sign, that it will not be a usual conference. It was not just interesting presentations and workshops.

It was experiencing, how it feels, when a conductor tests different leadership styles, while sitting in the middle of the orchestra. It was feeling the deep respect between a CNE and a CME while they have been explaining the importance and success of their honest relationship to each other. It was sensing the inspiring group dynamic of 400 people working with the method Appreciative Inquiry.

At the end of the conference I felt deep gratitude for being a part of this innovative process – when the participants build new relations, shared their true desires and helped in understanding – showing that building positive relationships in healthcare makes a difference. Needless to say, the empirical results of hospitals that establish Relationship-Based Care (RBC) speak for themselves.

Do I really have to wait another 4 years for the next RBC-Symposium?

Initial conversations about the next Symposium are already underway, and feedback like this is very helpful. We’d love to hear from you as well!

Happy Birthday Marie! July 17, 2017

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This is Claire talking (Marie’s daughter, and co-editor of this site), checking in with you on this celebratory day!

I know Marie values each and every one of you, and loves hearing from you and having conversations with you – whether in person, in various professional / civic roles, on social media, here on the blog.

And so today on her birthday, I wanted to formally welcome you all back to this blog.

In the last few months, we’ve started to get active again — exploring various kinds of posts with a multitude of topics including Nursing: it’s history, challenges, future, best practices, values & inspiration etc.. as well as CHCM activities, Marie’s life (Mosaic), Nursing Salons, the Nursing Peer Support Network, activities at the University of MN School of Nursing, and so on.

If you have a moment today, would love to hear any preferences from you about types of content, questions you have for Marie, how often you’d like us to post, how you’d like to hear about posts, and anything else to make this blog a win-win.

We never know how long any of us have here. Marie is the epitome of taking care of herself, taking responsibility for her health and well-being, and we hope to have years and years yet. In any case, the more conversations she can fit engage in, the better!

Oh, one more thing- Happy Birthday Marie!

Thanks much for your participation.

Sobriety and Nursing – a Page from my Journal July 15, 2017

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I just celebrated (June 26) my 39th year of recovery from the disease of alcoholism.   What an awesome experience this life is.

As I reflect on this period of celebrating both my natal birthday ( July 17) and my recovery anniversary, my gratitude just grows and grows.   In so many ways my experience as a nurse and my experience in recovery blend into one wonder-ful life experience.

Just one example of this deep connectivity and unity is that both nursing and recovery open doors to an unlimited opportunity to grow spiritually…to be open to the universe and all the wonders of nature, physics, culture and relationships.  There is no limit to what can be learned in every aspect of living in either recovery or in nursing.  No limit!

Additionally, both stimulate me to practice non-judgmental acceptance of what is….rather than be embroiled in day-to-day disagreements and conflicts.  Both are helping me put into daily life the wonderful question….DO YOU WANT TO BE RIGHT OR DO YOU WANT TO HAVE PEACE? Think about it!

Thank you for all you have and are giving me.

From: Longfellow To: Nightingale July 4, 2017

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Santa Filomena

Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Whene’er a noble deed is wrought,
Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts, in glad surprise,
To higher levels rise.

The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.

Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!

Thus thought I, as by night I read
Of the great army of the dead,
The trenches cold and damp,
The starved and frozen camp,–

The wounded from the battle-plain,
In dreary hospitals of pain,
The cheerless corridors,
The cold and stony floors.

Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.

And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
Her shadow, as it falls
Upon the darkening walls.

As if a door in heaven should be
Opened and then closed suddenly,
The vision came and went,
The light shone and was spent.

On England’s annals, through the long
Hereafter of her speech and song,
That light its rays shall cast
From portals of the past.

A Lady with a Lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land,
A noble type of good,
Heroic womanhood.

Nor even shall be wanting here
The palm, the lily, and the spear,
The symbols that of yore
Saint Filomena bore.

Meeting Challenges – Ripple Effects July 3, 2017

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Nursing through a lens of history.

As we celebrate the victory in battle that lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence this weekend, my thoughts are on how often nursing is spotlighted and impacted during wartime.  A cataclysmic example of this is the lasting affect  of Florence Nightingale’s work during the battle of Crimea.

That situation was a terrible one, full of despair and unpredictability.  Florence went voluntarily into that mess  because of how desperate it was, and acted on her values, knowledge and skills to change that reality. The depth of the damage to soldiers and the impact of her reforms  set in motion a profound  reaction, which in this instance included seeds of change vastly greater in scope than that particular problem.   The death rate among hospitalized soldiers was amazingly reduced due to her reforms, and the whole country of England honored her for this achievement.

In particular, she provided compassion, and she managed the environment to a degree of sanitation that was new to that setting. The depth and cohesion of her response to that situation was beyond what anyone expected.  No one involved in that war would have  predicted or imagined that the outcome of that war would be the modern practice of nursing.

When people engage in the struggle to do their best in difficult times, positive outcomes are more likely.. not only in that moment, but decades and centuries later.

Reading List – Treasures! June 30, 2017

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Here are some books I’ve enjoyed and gained a great deal of insight and resources from. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and your favorites as well!

The Power of Now by Eckhardt Tolle — I learned the incredible value of learning how to observe my thinking…..thus creating the opportunity to grasp a powerful truth.   That I am more than my thinking.   I am a whole being and by stepping away from my thinking I learn that my thoughts do not define who I am.    My being is more than my thoughts.   That awareness shifts my perspective on life.. Fascinating and exhilarating!

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – an ambitious tackling of the racial issues of our time, through the setting of nursing.   A highly experienced black nurse is forbidden by her nurse manager from taking care of the baby of a white supremacist couple….at their insistence.   The story from there presents a dilemma for the black nurse that results in a life-changing lawsuit.

Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken (2007) – the world is undergoing transformational  changes of people, on a  small scale – in conversational salons and discussion groups, between neighbors and friends. These group conversations are about serious topics like spirituality and the role of governments.   And he makes the point that conversations can change people and people change the world.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot incredible (true) story of medical ethics involving HeLa – two dime-sized tissue samples taken from Henrietta. The cells possessed unusual qualities and yielded amazing benefits for science; the effects for Henrietta and her family were.. less. Bioethics, racial injustice, and history co-exist in this story which starts in Baltimore, involves the Tuskegee Institute, and spreads benefits globally (for specific groups and humanity in general). Talk about health care disparity – really incredible. Recognition, Justice and Healing – hopefully this book brings us a step closer to these goals.  The film, staring Oprah Winfrey, premiered on HBO this past April and will be on DVD soon!

New Historical Resources: Nightingale and Barton June 29, 2017

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I came across these resources recently, and wanted to share them.

One new thing is a collection of Florence Nightingale’s letters – being digitized, and soon available to all on the web!

The other is the Clara Baron Missing Soldiers Office, Washington DC’s newest Museum.

As we rest up after the amazing Symposium last week, it’s fun to see progress continue on the embrace of our history. I just love the trajectory of really knowing our history, having clarity about the current situation  and beng aware of future trends in society that will impact our profession.  That awareness can lead us into proactive planning, rather than the reactivity that has so often directed our responses.

About a Paradox June 25, 2017

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On CHCM‘s recent publication – ‘Advancing Relationship-Based Cultures’ by Mary Koloroutis and David Abelson.

This book was just released in the last few weeks, and was given out to all attendees of the International Relationship-Based Care Symposium.

Here is the first line of its ‘Epilogue:

‘It is a paradox that our work includes so many painful elements of the human experience and still ends up being, somehow, profoundly beautiful.’

That is a sentence I read when I first saw a preliminary draft of the book. I said to my colleague who I had borrowed it from: ‘Oh, this is so beautiful – it makes me want to cry.’

As I went on to read the rest of the paragraph, I was filled with awe at the authenticity and practicality used in the writing process.

The rest of the paragraph goes like this:

‘That contradiction is a lot for any one person to hold. It’s even more for a person to effectively make sense of it, to sort it out – to reconcile the paradox of it. Not very many of us can do that kind of reconciling in isolation.

 

Subsequently: RBC Symposium Day 4_ Thursday, June 22 June 23, 2017

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Collective process and action were the agenda for this amazing day!

Robin Youngson started off the day leading a session around the impact of compassion on the healing process.   He shared compelling scientific data on that impact, driving home the point that compassion GREATLY impacts healing.   It is hard to imagine any justification for not being intentionally compassionate.   It does not involve the use of time….just the use of heart and brain.

Another powerful event was an inter-professional conversation of young clinicians on  their work and their ideas about a better future for health care.   This was a ‘fishbowl’ type of event where they sat in the middle of the room on a raised dias, with the audience sitting around them…..listening to their conversation.   A stunning event….there is so much to learn from each other.

Culminating today’s events, David Cooperrider explained  the well-known Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology; and utilized that to lead participants through a synergistic process that focused on what people do right – instead of focusing just on problems.

Conference participants continually comment on the magnificence of this conference, how it is changing the way they feel and think and how grateful they are to be able to attend.

 

 

Celebrating books: ‘Should’ – taking back your power over words [to post whenever too busy for notes!] June 23, 2017

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In the midst of all the Symposium goings-on, we wanted to take a minute and celebrate the work of one of our CHCM staff member, Rebecca Smith. At CHCM she is involved in all the writing activities of the company, and also consults in the area of human communication/relationships.

Creative Health Care Management last year re-issued Rebecca’s book: ‘Should: How Habits of Language Shape Our Lives‘, due to its very useful applicability to the health care environment.

In ‘Should’, Rebecca explores the power of language at a psychological level – the power it has to hold us back or to move us forward. It is another non-silo work, applicable to everyone in every part of their life. Including, of course, nurses.

I had the privilege of providing the foreward for the 2016 edition and here’s an excerpt from that:

‘The culture of nursing is replete with all forms of oppression, but I have always thought that the most insidious among them is self-oppression, often referred to as victim mentality. There is no question that our work is hard or that there is, and will always be, more work to do than time or resources to do it. In fact, it is no mystery why people in all disciplines within health care might slip into feeling victimized or oppressed.

But that doesn’t mean self-oppression and victim mentality are the only choices available to us.

Self-empowerment — the opposite of self-oppression — is possible for all people in all circumstances (remember how self-empowered Nelson Mandela became during his time in prison!), and just as the name implies, it happens from the inside out. It happens because of the decisions we make to empower ourselves, and one of the most direct routes to doing so comes through noticing and changing the language we use to describe our lives. If our language is full of references to our own powerlessness, what kinds of stories do we end up telling ourselves about who we are, what we do, and how much we matter?

Part conceptual, part workbook, this work is full of concrete, applicable ideas. If you’ve already read Rebecca’s book, we’d love to hear about your experiences with her ideas. Otherwise we strongly encourage you to pick up a copy for your self-empowerment library!