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Belief: Health in Healthcare June 4, 2017

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From the notebook of Marie Manthey, 1982

Belief:

CNM (CHCM now) believes that the relationship between mind and body is absolutely integrated and that the state of mind clearly influences the health of the body.

Management of health professionals, therefore, must consist of teaching this relationship as a management value and teaching managers how to manage their lives.

Basic principles of management should be taught at both the humanistic and scientific levels.

Advanced management training programs we developed promote the use of unique creative living approaches to solving complex organization problems.

Hospitals must be healthy so that the staff can help patients regain their health. The organizational diseases of disinterest, apathy, anger, isolationism,  generally negative interpersonal relationships and the illegitimate punitive use of power are manifestations of disease and can be treated by changing attitudes and perspectives and teaching basic truths of human existence and behavior.

Thought of the Day: Leadership May 26, 2017

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Leadership involves inspiring and empowering people which creates and expands organizational resources.

Therefore you can have higher productivity, lower cost, more engaged staff, and higher  patient-satisfaction outcomes.

Marie’s musing.. May 9, 2017

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What if Pope Francis publicly said the five-word sentence… “Women are equal to men.”
Let’s all actively imagine what the world would be like if Pope Francis made that statement.

Looking forward to Nurses Week! May 5, 2017

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May is Nurses Month!

Let us take this opportunity in the cycle of time to reflect and celebrate the gift that we have.

Forever, in the history of civilization, there has been an inclination among people to reach out and help another in need in their community. Forever, in the history of civilization, it has been understood that this form of human interaction is of greater benefit to society then interactions that are harmful, destructive, damaging, or painful. Yet, for reasons that are somewhat imperfectly understood (by us and others), those of us who regularly engage in the helpful and compassionate interactions are undervalued, or devalued in this particular period of the history of mankind.

The fact that materialism, success in business, scientific knowledge, wealth, and gaining a competitive edge using aggressive techniques are the common sources of prestige and status must not interfere with the clarity of our vision that the work we do has enormous significance in the ultimate advancement of civilization.

Nurses are among the most trusted professionals in the eyes of the public, but that trust not always taken into account in the rewards side of the ledger. Nurses need to stop taking personally the way society can undervalue our work, and focus on making visible the impact our type of interaction can have on the level of civilization experienced by those who live in the world today.

Let us celebrate the power we can have via the choices we make in our nursing interactions with humanity… let us find ways to help the rest of the world understand what it is missing.. let us cherish the feeling we get from our work when we are conscious of the sanctity of one human being helping another.

For that is what Nursing is.

Let us Celebrate!!

Updated from original text published in ‘Primarily Nursing’, From the Desk Of column, 1988.

Gratitude breeds gratitude;discontent breeds discontent April 26, 2014

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Everyone is free every day to choose how they want to experience the day.   As Dr. Phil says, ….we get to choose to contaminate or contribute…..every single day.    Often, the stress and workload in bedside nursing and in most hospital managerial roles can obscure this truth.    It can seem like everyone else has more impact on our experience than we do.

However, we can opt to contribute by intentionally reflecting on  the aspects of our lives and work that we are grateful for…..and we can intentionally refuse to spread discontent  by not engaging in it….even when we are invited to do so by a colleague.

It is time for each of us to take back the power we have to manage our own lives.   Choices have consequences.    Let us be clear about that and aware daily that we own our life experience.

NURSE MANAGERS: DO YOU EVER HAVE FUN AT WORK? WHAT GIVES YOU JOY…..AT WORK? January 16, 2014

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Many years ago I had a Nurse Manager (NM) role, and looking back on it I remember it as a very positive experience.    Lots of times I knew we had done a great job, and that our work was appreciated by both patients and physicians – and even our bosses.    I wonder how often today there is any recognition for excellence in nursing practice.   I don’t mean just the HCAPS scores…. I mean the real deal.

Nurse Managers attend lots of meetings, fill out lots of forms, audit lots of stuff, and spend lots of time at their desk in front of a computer.   Somehow, we have to get back to the notion that the NM is also a leader of the clinical practice of the unit.    What if a NM spent just 15 min. a day ….every day asking a nurse about a patient story in order to just recognize – or even advance through inspiration – a higher level of practice?    What if a NM made a point of finding the good stuff the staff does and bragging about it?   What can be done to improve the experience for Nurse Managers throughout the current system?

I’m really looking for some feedback from Nurse Managers about Fun and Joy….and what has worked for you to bring those experiences into your challenging role.    You deserve it.   You are the engine of the system.    Take pride in your role and its importance.

It’s About Safety…..not maintaining ‘margin’ July 14, 2013

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Good crew supervisors do not focus on safety (what?) but rather on good supervision, crew cohesion, and work ethics.   Safety is the result.   Supervisors who constantly talk about safety have more accidents than those who focus on working relationships.  ….safety has to be built into the system and is a byproduct of deeper personal and organizational commitments.

These comments are from an article re. safety for forest firemen.   The current healthcare system obsession with bureaucratic mechanisms to ensure patient safety are adding complexity and chaos to an already chaotic system…..thereby  actually increasing the incidence of errors.    We need to use good supervision (not fear-based control), healthy staff teamwork and strong work ethics in health care just as they do with their firefighting crews.

Nurses’ Connections April 7, 2013

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Similarities and differences…….nurses tend to magnify superficial differences (age, education) and gloss over the important shared value of the privilege of being a healer.

A question for all….. April 20, 2012

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What do the words THE NURSING IMPERATIVE mean to you?

Gallup poll…nursing vs. congress! January 1, 2012

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Once again nurses have highest ranking in  ethics and honesty among all 21 professions tested.   And guess what?….Congress members were scraping the bottom of the list right along side of used car sales people.   What do you think we should do about this?   Elect more nurses to Congress?   Have the nursing profession conduct classes in ethics, honesty and trustworthiness for members of congress?   What do you think? …..