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As it happens: RBC Symposium Day 3_ Wednesday, June 21 June 21, 2017

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This is the busiest day of the CHCM International Relationship-Based Care Symposium, so to keep the posts from getting too long, will be sharing snippets & segments!

Launched by the wonderful Keynote by Lois Swope on compassionate care; with an all-attendee mid-day session on relationship-building in Indian Health from Phoenix Indian Medical Center; and concluding with a Poster Session; the day also included two breakout sessions with 5 choices each of those sessions! (Please join me in thanking the CHCM staff, they’ve been working extremely hard to bring this all together!)

As it happens: RBC Symposium Day 2_ Tuesday, June 20 June 20, 2017

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Today is the first official day of the 2017 International Relationship-Based Care Symposium, here in Minneapolis at the Hilton Minneapolis! Read on for notes, hand-out links and inside peeks into Day 2.

The MusicParadigm experience made a huge impression on me when I first took it in, several years ago. I told everyone I talked to about it for weeks! It is such a unique,  substantively clear demonstration of the clear power of positive leadership. If you are experiencing it with us today, I would love to hear what you think of it! Otherwise I hope you catch it as soon as you’re able.

I’ve written about The James previously on this blog – along with UC-Davis they hold a pre-eminent position in US critical care health care systems for their extensive and inspired implementation of Relationship-Based Care.

1.Hosp, 6.Doors, 60.Wards   – Such an amazing presentation, from a multi-site hospital in Italian-speaking Switzerland; implementing Relationship-Based Care – escaping silo’s and nurturing compassionate care.

Theory without Practice is empty and Practice without Theory is Blind – Emmanuel Kant

Next was a presentation from the CNO and the CMO about how they’re partnering at Pennsylvania Hospital,  and creating an extraordinarily healthy culture there.  The day ended with a  delightful vocal experience of Full Voice lead byBarbara McAfee!

Leading for Change December 16, 2005

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Recently a graduate student in nursing asked if she could interview me for an assignment on Leadership.  As I answered her questions (“When did you first know you were a leader?” “Where did you learn how to be a leader?” “What is the most important thing you learned?”) I was led into some insightful reflections about change I’d like to share with you. I hope the readers will share their own insights as we “blog-on” together.

First of all, when Primary Nursing was originally implemented, I knew nothing about change. If I had, Primary Nursing might not have started when it did. We were trying to do something else, called Unit Management. A few roadblocks along the way led us to change directions dramatically, with the result that the staff of real unit actually implemented the delivery system before we knew they were changing delivery systems. They didn’t know it either…none of us understood the profound change the staff was creating as they moved from traditional team nursing into what we eventually called Primary Nursing.

I didn’t know about PERT charts and force field analysis, or about how to deal with resistance, or any of the theories commonly taught as part of the change process. Therefore, we didn’t have steps outlined with time tables, goals, benchmarks, etc…. and were thus free to support the staff throughout this period of change.  All we had to guide us was common sense.

Which leads to the first learning. Decentralized Decision-Making is the core of Primary Nursing.   As I came to understand how this organizing principle works, I eventually constructed the following equation:   Change:Empowerment = Empowerment:Change.  This equation is founded on the truth that the people who know the most about the work being done are the people doing the work. Therefore, their knowledge needs to be used in deciding how to improve the work.

What role does that leave Leaders?   And how can Leaders get people to agree on how to improve their own work?

The second learning has to do with the use of visioning and inspiration as leadership tools.  One of the most important roles of a leader is to be able to paint a picture of a foreseeable future that is more desirable than the present, in language that inspires others to follow.  A “good” leader will base this vision on values that are positive universal human values.

And the third learning has to do with infrastructure. A good change project (one that is successful) will incorporate a structural design that provides clear roles/expectations for appropriate decision-making at the various levels of authority. The design of the structure must be carefully thought-out……be based on the current role responsibilities throughout the department/institution with decision-making carefully allocated to the appropriate authority levels.

Those of you who have read Relationship Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice will recognize in the above paragraph two of the four elements of Jayne Felgen’s theory of change: Inspiration, Infrastructure, Education and Evidence. Our extended experience with operational change will hopefully extend educational realms.