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What is a Nursing Salon?

I started holding a Nursing Salon in my home a few years ago.  I loved the concept of a group of nurses engaging in a thoughtful conversation about the nursing profession. Our Salon started as a small group of four nursing graduate students and a School of Nursing faculty member.  Our monthly attendance now reaches 20.  Several people have asked me how a Salon works and how they can create one of thier own.

According Utne Reader’s book “Salons: The Joy of Conversation,” salons are “lively gatherings where people engage in ‘big talk’ — talk that amuses, challenges, amazes and is sometimes passionately acted upon.”  Most importantly, salons are gatherings where each participant forms and informs the conversation; unlike formal meetings, they are opportunities were people can casually connect and share their experiences.  

Membership:  Although most attendees are nurses, it is not a requirement.  The only requirement is a desire to enter into a conversation about nursing.  Invitations and reminders are sent to over 50 people via e-mail.  Participants find out about the Salon through word-of-mouth and all levels and types of the educational and service institutions in the Twin Cities.   We also have independent practitioners and nurses in between careers.  We have nurses with Associate Degrees and with the PhDs.  It is this diversity of experience, education and interest that makes these salons among the richest conversations any of us have ever experienced.  

Format: Salons are held monthly throughout the year.  The evening starts at about 6 PM ends at about 9 PM.  Dinner generally starts close to 6:30, after some initial socializing.  Before the discussion starts, I always ask participants to commit to the ground rule of confidentiality, reminding folks that what is said during the evening’s conversation needs to remain in the room.   No one should ever feel at risk for having mentioned specifics about a problem situation or relationship.  Then we do an “around -the-room” check-in, asking the question “What is on your mind about nursing tonight?” The trick here is to allow enough explanation for people to understand the issues, without entering into an in-depth conversation at that time.   After everyone has had an opportunity to respond, we enter into an in-depth conversation on any topic or topics that have caught the group’s attention.   By this time, I am generally serving dessert.   Sometimes we move into another room, sometimes we stay at the table, depending on the size of the crowd.  At a little before 9 PM, I try to organize a “check-out” around-the-room asking how people are feeling/thinking about nursing after the discussion.    

Setting and tone: Early on I knew this event needed to be completely stress-free if it was to succeed.  I think it is important that there be no expectations placed on participants. Therefore, we meet in my home and I am responsible for the food. I chose not to go the pot-luck route, recognizing that nurses today are juggling an excessive number of pressures and that the expectation of bringing food would just add to that stress. I prepare the food for our salons, but the food issue can be handled in other ways, such as pizza, Chinese or other food purchased already prepared. Freedom from stress is the key. Along those lines, I ask people to let me know if they are coming, but to come even if they forget to RSVP. Participants are always free to invite a like-minded nurse or two,  letting me know if possible, but again, if it is not possible, to come anyway. This means of course, that I never know for sure how many to cook for. My rule of thumb has been to plan for twice as many as I know are coming. I’ve never yet run out of food using the “two crock-pot system.”    

Over-all response: This has been unbelievable!  In this era of negativism, high stress and toxic work environments, the attendees have universally found the Salon positive.   We always seem to end up getting in touch with the down-deep values of nursing, and restoring our hope.  I have never in my life experienced any event as consistently positive as the Nursing Salon.  The check-out at the end of each session assures us that something important is happening at these events.    

A final comment: There is never a specific agenda, no decisions are made, no one is responsible for taking action, no reports are written. At first, I thought people would feel frustrated or dissatisfied with no achievable outcomes to measure. I have learned however, that information shared at the Salon has been brought into the lives of the participants in substantial and profound ways. Insights, shared wisdom, deep connectivity and exquisite understanding of the depth of our values both energize and inform the lives of those who attend.  

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1. Ellen Schultz - November 20, 2007

Marie,
I heard about your salon from a group of nursing students at the College of St. Catherine where I was doing a presentation. My colleague, Marth Sofio, and I would appreciate being added to your email list.
Thank you,
Ellen Schultz

2. Jerold Rothstein - November 20, 2007

I’ve recently had a talk with Colleen Person, who told me about the Salon. I’m an explorer in the worlds of hospice, palliative care, volunteerism, standards of practice and community-building in many contexts. Some of my best friends are nurses, and I would appreciate the chance to listen to their practice issues and share some ideas.

3. Lani Hollenbeck - November 23, 2007

Hello! What a wonderful way to connect, share expereriences and celebrate the art of nursing thru time spent sharing with one another. I heard about the salon from Marty Lewis-Hunstiger and would like to be added to the mailing list please. Thank you! Lani Hollenbeck

4. Sue Irle - February 14, 2008

Marie,
Your salon has been recommended through several of my professors at Metropolitan State University. It would be a joy to participate in this forum. Please add me to your mailing list. Repsectfully, Sue Irle

5. Tammy Hickey - April 8, 2008

I am an RN finishing my Masters in nursing with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Management. I currently work as a school nurse. One of the nursing instructors at Metropolitan State University recommended your salon. I would love to be added to your mailing list and to attend your April session if possible.
Tammy Hickey

6. Julie Moe - April 26, 2008

Marie ~
I was recently hired by CHCM as adjunct faculty to facilitate “Reigniting the Spirit of Caring” – I feel as though I have won the lottery! I had been reading your blog and was advised by Mary K. that being added to your email list was as easy as asking.

If you would please add me to you mailing list, I would be honored to be included in one of your future nursing salons.

Thanks very much and I so look forward to meeting and talking with you and other nursing colleagues. Julie Moe

7. Vilma Rojas - November 3, 2008

Hello,
I am an Army Nurse stationed in Korea, and I came accross your salon while researching the nurse-patient relationship for a presentation I will be doing to a group of Korean nurses. I did not know this existed. What a great way to share experiences with other nurses. Please add me to your e mailing list.
Sincerely,
Vilma Rojas, CPT, AN

mariemanthey - January 1, 2009

Vilma….I apologize for the delay in responding. ( When I get real busy, I forget to check the blog.) I hope you also found your way to our website, as the work of the company I founded and am still associated with….is all about the Nurse Patient relationship. How about starting this for either Army Nurses….or a mixture of US and Korean nurses. I suspect there may be a serious language problem there, however. Another thought is to stay with the Army Medical System, but to have it for MD’s and RN’s. We are starting this here in Minneapolis and the topic of conversation will be Collaborative Practice. My ultimate dream is to be having these conversations all over the US….and elsewhere…..to improve interprofessional relations for better coordination of patient care. Let me know how you lecture went and what you think about this idea.

8. Laura Barry - December 9, 2008

Hi Marie,
I participated a one of your nursing salons a couple years ago and I speak of this enrichment often to other nurses…most have not heard of your thoughtful and innovative conversational forum. Another nurse and I are considering a salon at our place of work. Could I get on your email again…..I’d like to bring her move forward on this soon. Thank you for all that you do for people and the nursing profession. Laura B.

mariemanthey - January 1, 2009

It was good to see you again at the last Salon and I hope to be able to help you and your colleagues get another started here in the Twin Cities. If you do….it will be our fourth one! That means that any nurse in school or in practice can go to the U of M website, the Zeta Chapter link….and look at the calendar to see when and where the Salons will be every month! My dream is to have this happening all over the United States. The article I’ve written but not yet published is called ‘Healing the Nursing Profession’ ….and that is what I see happening as a result of these casual, friendly and informal, deeply meaningful conversations we engage in during the usual Salon. If we sponsor them, they will come. It is happening!

9. Leah Deal - April 8, 2009

Marie,
I am a senior nursing student at the U of M. You have spoken to my classes a few times. At your next salon I will be attending for the first time. Marty Lewis from Children’s is my leadership mentor and she suggested that we attend. I look forward to hearing real nursing concerns and solutions and to sharing my own.

mariemanthey - April 22, 2009

It was good to meet you last week and I hope you come again and bring a friend. Don’t forget, we have three each month in the Twin Cities and the info about them can be viewed on the Zeta page of the U of Minnesota’s School of Nsg. webpage. Also, if you want to me on the group list, just email me and I will use it to include you in the group.

10. Lorraine Dickey - May 16, 2009

marie…
i am a physician and narrative medicine facilitator. i was recently introduced to chcm and was intrigued by your blog from Jan 1st “hoping” one day to see interdisciplinary salons between physician, nurses, and others. the narrative work we do is with interdisciplinary healthcare providers, primarily nursing and physicians. we have found the same tone of confidentiality is crucial, the same freedom from stress essential and many of the same benefits are realized over time through a shared wisdom and connectivity through our stories. in essence, if seems we can indeed help ourselves and then we can better help our patients and their families. i hope to hear back from you and chat more about our common ground and the potential to establish interdisciplinary salons.

mariemanthey - May 19, 2009

It was wonderful to read your comments. I look forward to discussing this with you further…..right now my computer is acting very strange and I will just get this posted before I lose it again. When I get home later this week, let’s talk some more. I am intrigued.

11. Lilia Raposo - September 3, 2009

Marie, I can’t wait for attending for the first time your Salon. I am trying to reach some resources for going to MN in a very short time (H O P E F U L L Y) until the end of this year.
Then I will really appreciate to share some thoughts with you for starting here in Brazil in a very special place.
I will keep you posted about my plans, and showing the pictures of this very sweet place of mine.
Warm regards, Love and a Brazilian Ciao, Lilia.

mariemanthey - September 13, 2009

Lilia….looking forward to your visit here. Have the dates been set yet? I have scheduled the Salons through December….and you may remember we are now doing three each month here. So you may be able to attend more than one during your visit. ciao.

Lilia Raposo - November 23, 2009

Well Marie, here I am buying my tickets for next March, 2010!
I will love to visit you and help you preparing some kind of Brazilian food for the Salon…
Don’t worry about winter: I will take you a flower.
Ciao,
Lilia
São Paulo – Brazil.

12. Michelle Webb - January 11, 2010

Marie,
I am intrigued by the concept of a nursing salon. I would love to talk with you about how to get one started. I think a thoughtful conversation about nursing could be a step toward re-connecting and re-membering why we continue to choose nursing as our life’s work every day. This is something that I see as a critical need in an environment where we are challenged more and more every day to “be” and be fully present in the midst of having to do. I fear that we can become terminally task driven in our approach to our nursing practice if we don’t find the balance between doing and being.
Michelle
Asheville, North Carolina

mariemanthey - January 16, 2010

I’d love to talk to you ….call me at 612-827-1611

Michelle Webb - February 19, 2010

Just got your message….Will call you soon. Looking forward to it.

13. dmbotz - February 23, 2010

Marie,
Hello again! I often wanted to attend your salons when I taught at the SoN, but never seemed to find the time. I would very much like to be added to your invite list.
Thank you,
Dana Botz
dana.botz@nhcc.edu

mariemanthey - March 16, 2010

The best way to find out when the salons are is to go to the U of M SON webpage, click on the Sigma link which goes to the Zeta webpage where they are listed under events by host name, date and address. You can then pick the one you want , click on RSVP and the host will know you are coming. SLICK! Look forward to seeing you. If this doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll give you the info direct.

14. Cathy Theisen - March 2, 2010

Marie,

I am very interested in attending one of your salons. Please add me to your list so that I may get more information. Thank you so much for the work you do!

Cathy T.
Nursing student at St. Catherine University
Minneapolis, MN

mariemanthey - March 16, 2010

Great!…let me tell you how to find them yourself….Goto the U of M School of Nursing website. Click on Sigma Theta Tau, and you will be at the Zeta webpage. They are all listed under events…by host name and address and date. My next scheduled ones are 4/21,5/27and 6/16. From that website you can click on RSVP and I will be notified by email you are coming.

15. Margaret Hiett Williams - April 30, 2010

Marie:
So grateful for your visit to Texas and your message of Primary Care. You are such a joy and a role model for all of us.
God bless you for all you do.
Margaret

mariemanthey - May 2, 2010

Thanks for the kind words, Margaret. I was deeply impressed with the competence and passion of the nurses I met there. Hope you all start some salons soon.

16. Sue Wilson - May 20, 2010

Hello,

I am a nurse manager who is taking Leadership and Management course through McMaster University. I was doing some research and stumbled on your website talking about your Nursing Salons. What a wonderful idea. I was wondering if I could ask you a question related to my research? We are talking about Shared Governance. The question came up- Is it still relevant? Just wondered what your thoughts are on this.

mariemanthey - July 10, 2010

Sorry my reply is so late, probably too late for your research. Anyway, the answer to your question is complex, and so much depends on the level of professionalism achieved within the specific institution. If it is vey low level, shared governance can often provide experiences that facilitate growth and maturity among a staff. If nursing practice is highly professional…..with either primary nursing or RBC creating practice roles for RN’s that are truly professional, traditional shared governance can result in just a lot of ‘make-work’ that complicates an already overburdened bureaucratic structure.

17. Joyce Vogler - June 5, 2010

Hi Marie,

I thoroughly enjoyed your short visit to our Salon in Honolulu in April. We are going to sorely miss Col. Corulli and also are very thankful to her for starting the salon’s here. Several of us will try to keep them going so come back and visit us. We are going to try to involve more nursing students also so they can carry the flame on into the future. Time for reflection of the importance of our profession and the need to support one another is paramount. I ran into a woman from Minneapolis whose daughter is in nursing school and I told her about the salons and suggested her daughter attend one-when is the next at your house?

mariemanthey - July 10, 2010

Sorry I’ve neglected the Salon, but spring was a very busy time for me. Please do continue the Honolulu Salons…..I know Col. Corulli would feel her work is continuing to be valued if the Salons continue. I like very much the idea of involving nursing students. We’ve been doing them long enough here that they are coming back as practicing nurses……and that sharing is so good for current students. Also, the reflection time is very, very important to tenured nurses who face such difficult situations sometimes.

18. susan epstein, RN,BSN - June 18, 2010

Great idea.,I am a disabled injured nurse and not sure how i would feel with a group of productive active nurses as it might make me feel worse than better as i miss nursing. I would love to find a local group of injured nurses,,,, which I know there are,,,, but have been preoccupied with other issues and Facebook site called injured nurses network….I know there are alot of local nurses that have back issues and I guess i could advertise for this group of nurses…Have any ideas?

mariemanthey - July 10, 2010

Sue, I can’t tell what part of the country you live in….but I do believe a salon would be a positive experience for you. I am sorry you are disabled. I truly believe it would be better for you to be in a normal salon group first and then decide if you want to organize a group of disabled nurses. Let me know where you live and I may be able to help you find a group.

susan epstein, rn,bsn - May 23, 2012

Oops! Two years later…I live in Brookfield, CT. If there is a group that is alread established nearby this would be great…thanks for the advice.. sepsteininn@yahoo.com

mariemanthey - August 19, 2012

I’m starting to keep a list of Salon locations, but so far there is no one place to collect this info. Why don’t you start one yourself?

19. Donna Wilson - June 25, 2010

Marie:
I would appreciate being added to your email list to inform me of the next Nursing Salon meeting. I am moving to Olympia in July from WI, but originally AL. What a great idea to have a nursing salon. I am an ADN RN and have been one since 1993.
Thanks
Donna Wilson

mariemanthey - July 10, 2010

Donna, sorry this is late, but I do believe there is a salon starting up soon in Olympia. At least I have given advice to someone there about how to go about starting one. A person to contact about this is Gladys Campbell, the Exec. Director of NWONE, the NorthWest Organization of Nurse Executives. If you go to their website, I’m sure you’ll be able to contact her. If not, let me know and I’ll try something else. Good luck.

Andrea Sehmel - April 22, 2012

Donna, please write to office@piercecountynurses.com to discuss this further – thanks, Andrea

20. L Smith - September 21, 2010

Please add me to your mailing list. I would like to participate in one of these gatherings.
L Smith RN
blarern@yahoo.com

21. Jennifer Drake - January 10, 2011

I love this idea! I have started having tea with our faculty to share experiences. Please add me to your e-mail list.

22. Lucinda Wiseman - February 20, 2011

Marie – I had the pleasure of meeting your several years ago in Sayre, Pennsylvania. I can remember you saying that you never intended for primary care to be nurses only providing the care. Strange isn’t it how one sentence stays with you. Since then (and very recently) I have moved to Sacramento, California. Needless to say, it has been a cultural shock; I find there are many challenges here in Sacramento that were not present in Pennsylvania. I would like to be a part of a Salon or start one here. Could you please advise me if there is a Salon that you are aware of in this area of Northern California? Also, if there is not one here, could you direct me to any rules and regulations required for starting a group?

mariemanthey - February 24, 2011

Lucinda, thanks for the note. I remember Sayre quite well and am interested in your experience of differences between Sayre and Sacramento. There is strong interest in starting Salons in Sacramento, but I don’t know if it has happened yet or not. I will forward your note to my colleague Ellen, and ask you to let me know if you don’t hear from her.

I am having a Salon tonight and am looking forward to a rich discussion

23. Lucinda Wiseman - July 30, 2011

Marie – While I did not hear from your colleague, I remain interested in the Salon. I continue to find myself looking for a way to network with other nurses, not just those nurses I work with each day. I have a few ideas for reaching out and will do so in late August. If you should hear anymore rumblings about a Salon in the Sacramento area, please let me know. Could you provide me with a couple of discussion ideas? I believe the right topics to spark initial interest will be a good basis for moving forward. My thanks! Lucinda

24. Linda Neal - September 5, 2011

Dear Marie,
I have been to your salon twice 2 yeara ago. I would like to be added to your email list for future gatherings. Thanks,
Linda Neal, RN, Hospice of the Twin Cities

25. Karen Kobus - September 12, 2011

Hello Marie,

I would love to join you sometime. Can you add me to your email list?

mariemanthey - September 12, 2011

I just sent your email to Michael Petty the fellow who sends out the notices. The next one is this coming Thursday, 9/15…and there is room available if you can make it……Just let me know by email….mmanthey@chcm.com. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

mariemanthey - September 12, 2011

I just added you to the list. MY next Salon is this thursday, 9/15 and there is room available, so I’d love to see you here. Plealse let me know at mmanthey@ chcm.com…

26. Amy H - September 16, 2011

It was another great salon at Marie’s last night (and definitely worth trading schedules to work a Friday night). There was a large group of students in the Masters of Nursing program at the University of MN. I am in awe of the vast experiences people bring to nursing in the MN program. Hearing stories of the rich lives, experiences and education of people before choosing a career in nursing is both entertaining to listen to and inspiring. I was disheartened to hear stories of people scoffing at their degree as they have multiple pre-requisite courses prior to applying to the 16 month intensive program (which is 4 semesters long in itself!). If anything I believe they may have a slight advantage in preparation for the profession with all the other experiences they bring– and they certainly prove they can flex their work muscles by taking on such intensive courses from day one of the program. It was an honor to meet all these wonderful students and hear their stories as I am planning the next chapter in my life/career as well. I always enjoy conversations about those experiences that make nursing so rewarding as well. It is a great reminder why we do what we do. Thanks Marie for another wonderful evening!

27. Cathy McCallister - November 17, 2011

I would love to be added to your distribution list, I’m excited at the idea of joining these important discussions.

Sincerely,
Cathy McCallister

mariemanthey - November 23, 2011

Cathy…I’ll forward your name and email to our ‘list manager’ Michael Petty. He also sponsors a Salon each month. Also, you can always check out the schedule on the U of M School of Nursing webpage by clicking on the Sigma link. There is an event calendar there that always lists the Salon schedule for several months. Michael and I are looking forward to meeting you

28. Andrea Sehmel - January 2, 2012

re: June/July 2010 comments, Olympia, WA

Donna, Marie, Michael Petty – please can you help Donna & I hook up by e-mail?

I still believe the Nursing Salon is an excellent venue, and want to see it grow in the Olympia-Tacoma region. Please contact me. I can also be reached through the Pierce County Nurses Association website.

Marie, you are the topic of a nurse leadership assignment I’m doing right now at Athabasca University – thank you for your dedication and pioneering in our field.

Best wishes for a Happy 2012.

Andrea Sehmel - January 2, 2012

P.S. Hi, Sue Epstein – we met through Work Injured Nurses Group, started by Anne Hudson – thanks for YOUR work to unite injured nurses – see you on our Facebook page!

mariemanthey - April 22, 2012

Sorry I didn’t see this sooner….let me know if I can still help in any way

29. Peg Haggerty - January 4, 2012

Marie,
I learned of your Salons at AONE’s Chapter Leader meeting last month and I was very intrigued. Do you know if there have been any Salons started in Wisconsin? What a wonderful way to keep the spirit alive in nursing. Thank you.
Peg

mariemanthey - April 22, 2012

Actually, I don’t know of any, but I am more than William g to help you get one started!

30. Mariah Edgington - March 18, 2012

A Nursing Salon, how fabulous!

Marie,

After nursing for 27 years (ADN 1985, BSN 1999) I’m still passionate about my profession. I’m in the midst of my application process to The Ohio State University College of Nursing to pursue a master’s, potentially a doctorate in nursing.
Because I want a degree I can embrace with enthusiasm and zeal I decided to become a ‘positive deviant’ by going beyond what is currently offered and create a program I feel nurses desperately need: MSN: Nursing Wellness. This program would teach nurses how to first care for ourselves so we can better care for those who depend so heavily on us.
We’re extremely fortunate to have Dean Bernadette Melnyk leading OSUCON into a future of wellness. When I spoke with her about creating a program that is specific to nursing wellness, she responded enthusiastically.

I’d love to hear your thoughts & suggestions of articles and books I should review.

Best regards,
Mariah Edgington
Columbus OH
edgington.26@osu.edu

mariemanthey - April 22, 2012

Oh Mariah…..I have so many thoughts about nursing wellness. In much of my work,I have seen the impact of unhealthy behaviors. These are impacts not only on the quality of patient care, but also on workplace culture including all sorts of dysfunctional relationships. We can’t be successful holistic healers until we start healing ourselves, individually and collectively.

I have often felt that Salons are one strategy for that healing. The comments during Check Out are what helped me see that effect. People sometimes even use the word ‘healing’ along with ‘hope’ when describing their feeling after a conversation.

I love the idea of your academic venture….and hope whatever you do will also impact educators, as I feel many of our unhealthy professional behaviors start during basic nursing education. Please keep the log and me informed of your work!

31. Ann Marie Cottini - April 13, 2012

I had the pleasure of learning about the nursing salon from Marie Manthie at the ONA convention in beautiful Hood River Oregon. Marie I felt so empowered after listening to you! Thank you!

mariemanthey - April 22, 2012

Thanks for this comment….I really enjoyed the opportunity to be there.

kay brown - May 1, 2012

I listened to you today. You really are an inspiration to the nursing profession… Please add me to your list

mariemanthey - August 19, 2012

I know this reply is very late. Are you asking to be on the Salon mailing list? I assume if so that you live in the Minneapolis area.

32. Mary Shehan - May 12, 2012

I am attending my first salon this coming week. This post is very helpful in what to expect. Looking forward to what I hope is an enjoyable and personally rewarding evening.

mariemanthey - August 19, 2012

I would appreciate knowing what part of the country this is coming from. I’m trying to start a list of states where salons are being hosted. How did it go? Write a note about the experience for others who are wondering what to expect for their first ones.

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34. Michelle Webb - May 22, 2012

Marie,

Almost 2 years after you and I spoke over the telephone about getting a salon started in Western North Carolina, we finally held our first nursing salon. We invited nurses from all over the region to Flat Rock, North Carolina. It was well attended and it was phenomenal–everything I imagined and then some! We are planning monthly salons from here forward. Will keep sharing the story as it unfolds. Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement.

mariemanthey - August 19, 2012

Good for you! I think this maybe the first one in North Carolina. Keep us posted on how it goes. I’m so pleased the first one was phenomenal. I can’t imagine life without these wonderful discussions now.

35. barbara zell - August 13, 2012

meeting today with a CNO from a local hospital to begin discussion of a Nursing Salon for their nurses and possibly of their bigger systerm. Check out our Facebook river valley nursing center; a nurse-run access point for the un-insured in Scott and Carver Counties.

mariemanthey - August 19, 2012

Fantastic! How did it go? I’d love to support another Salon in the metro area. Meanwhile, how about coming to my next one this Wednesday? August 22, my house 3540 Irving Ave.S Mpls. Phone 612-827-1611. Just went to your website and love what you do.

Barbara A Zell - August 27, 2012

Sorry, got busy with grant writing…I don’t think I learned about this in nursing school. The meeting went well as did another interview I had with a St. Kate’s grad. Absolutely energizing.
I missed the meeting date at your place but would love to sit in and see how it goes. Best way to let me know would be to email me at rivervalleync@aol.com.

mariemanthey - September 12, 2012

The best way for you to find out when/where is to go to the U of Mn School of Nursing webpage and click on Sigma Theta Tau. Then click on events and you will see when/where they are at my home and at the home of Michael and Michelle Petty. You can also easily RSVP right there and we will know how many to expect. Looking forward to seeing you….

36. Lee Ann Kloetzke - September 7, 2012

Hi Marie. I am a member of the 2012-13 Master of Nursing cohort at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. I attended the nursing salon you hosted on 8/22/2012. I arrived to your home that night not knowing what to expect even though you had briefly explained the format, setting and tone of a salon to me beforehand. As I am just starting my studies, I was uncertain if I could contribute or add value. I chose to attend as I was optimistic that I would learn by listening to others share and discuss what was on their mind about Nursing. WOW…I am glad that I attended!

I was moved by the discussion and stories shared. The attendees were both insightful and inspiring. I left with suggestions on articles to read (e.g., IOM report on the Future of Nursing and Creative Nursing publication), organizations to look into (e.g., Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association), and concepts to learn more about (e.g., therapeutic relationships, vulnerability and nursing imperative). Self care was on my mind that night and I valued and appreciated the honesty and generosity of the ideas offered by other attendees. In looking back at my notes, two things said were particularly impactful for me: “nursing is a privilege” and “nursing is a license to touch people”. I stepped away from a 17 year career in the financial sector to pursue a career in nursing and the salon reaffirmed for me that I am on the right track and in the right place. I look forward to participating in future salons. Thank you for making this forum available.

mariemanthey - September 12, 2012

Lee ANN….thanks so much for this comment. I think you pulled the two ‘best’ nuggets from the conversation. You are making a tremendous career change ….from dealing with finance to deal with people. Welcome. Enjoy. Learn and grow.

37. Carmella Nagella, RN - November 6, 2012

Ms. Manthey-
I attended both your discussion as well as a salon at Fairview Hospital today and am really energized by the topics you brought forth. I especially liked the discussion about improving morale and how to balance technology and the connection with the patient. While I am relatively new to nursing (four years), I had a long history of pre-hospital medicine prior to my nursing career. I would love to be added to your distribution list as well as any other Cleveland, Ohio area salon list you may have. Thank you so much for the energy you brought to our facility today, as well as the challenge you gave to ensure patient safety and satisfaction as we enter this holiday season. Thank you.

38. Paula J. - October 2, 2013

Marie – please add my name to your email list for your next salon meeting, thanks!

mariemanthey - June 19, 2014

Any chance you can come tonight?

39. Julie A. Neumann - June 4, 2014

Please add me to your list of passionate nurses. Dr. Bhimani has shared about your wisdom in nurisng.

40. Shira Granote - June 17, 2014

Hi Marie, can you add me to your email list for your nursing salons? Thank you,
Shira.granote@gmail.com Do you have one June 19th?

mariemanthey - June 19, 2014

Yes, there is one tonight. You are most welcome. I am looking forward to meeting you.

41. Shira Granote - June 19, 2014

what is the address and time is 6-9?

mariemanthey - June 19, 2014

Hi, Shira–The address for the nursing salon is 3540 Irving Ave in Minneapolis. 55408, if you need to map it. It is from 6:00-9:00 and dinner is served. We hope to see you there!

Rebecca Smith for Marie Manthey

42. shira granote - June 19, 2014

Thanks, if not tonight, maybe next month. Thanks for the address.

43. Nicole Hickman - July 2, 2014

Hi Marie ! I am a charge nurse on the adult unit at Gillette children’s in St. Paul. Sue Irle is my manager and has told me about your salons! I would love to attend one in the future sometime! Can you add me to your list to notify each month of these? I know I will not make it each month as a busy mother of 2, but would like to try to make a couple a year…
Thanks so much! Looking forward to being a part of the conversation!

44. Heather - January 5, 2016

Hello, I came to a couple of the Salons while I was in nursing school at the U. I’ve been a nurse for about 2 years now, and was just thinking what a great experience they were, and how much I’d love to go again. Could you please add me to your email notification list?

Looking forward to it!
Heather

mariemanthey - January 7, 2016

Love to see you again….I am sending this on to Michael petty who handles our list and also hosts Salons I his home. The u of m SON WEBSITE also lists times, dates, etc….under Sigma, Zeta

45. Corinne Romano - March 22, 2016

This is such a wonderful venue for nursing! How can I get more involved? Warm regards, Corinne

46. Velita.smith@BSWhealth.edu - April 16, 2016

Loved the concept of nursing salons. Thanks for presenting this info in a way that empowers me to host my own nursing salon!

47. Jeannette Pollatz - August 4, 2016

Would like to start a Nursing Salon. Do you have any reading recommendations/toolkits or a good contact person/mentor to learn from?

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54. Betty Falter - May 5, 2017

Would love to follow your blog. How do I do that?

mariemanthey - May 7, 2017

Hi Betty,
Thanks for asking! The simplest way is to ‘follow’ within word press itself– you should see a small icon on the lower right corner of your screen to do that. Clicking on that will cause you to receive email notices when we publish each post! We are looking into other connection opportunities as well. Please let us know any questions or anything – we look forward to connecting with you in the future! _CS

Jeannette Pollatz - May 7, 2017

Do you still host Nursing Salons? Would you consider holding a salon at a conference?

Thank you,

Jeannette

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mariemanthey - May 7, 2017

Yes and yes! I do, I have, I will! I continue to hold monthly salons in my home, and I encourage everyone to either become a host or find a salon to attend asap. To your specific question – is there a particular conference you are thinking of? If so please let me know.
MM/cs

Corinne Romano - May 7, 2017

Thanks for your reply! I am looking to create an onboarding program for my organization that includes these elements. I am currently working on my DNP and will launch the program as my DNP project.

mariemanthey - May 7, 2017

Wonderful idea… Keep me posted I’ll be interested in your results.
MM/cs

Corinne Romano - May 8, 2017

Thank you for your support and encouragement. Would you ever be interested in conducting a virtual salon using “skype” or “zoom” technology?
Thanks for considering it!
Warm regards,
Corinne

mariemanthey - May 8, 2017

Yes…I am interested. I have often thought this would be a good way to benefit from the process that is so helpful. Where are you located?

Corinne Romano - May 8, 2017

Jacksonville, Florida


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