Sunday, March 15, 2015

March Into Leadership!

While most anyone can recognize that care providing and successful outcomes are a team effort, it's integral to stand up and stand out as a leader! This March we encourage you to build on your strengths and tune-up your weaknesses to become a stronger leader in any healthcare setting and impact the people around you in a positive way.

To heck with the box!- Thinking outside of the box to provide positive outcomes in a healthcare setting is an amazing skill. Being able to think on the fly or do with limited resources is a skill that few possess. Of course you should rely on standards, policies, and precedents as a base, but when faced with challenges tap into your unique knowledge.

Be strategic- Considering the grand scheme of things when making decisions makes it that much easier. If you can understand how one small change can shape the distant outcomes, you will rise above in your team. Always keep in mind who decisions will affect and how.

Know the difference between leading and managing- The best listeners are the best leaders. Sometimes it's OK to take a hands-off approach, and other times one may have to step in and take the lead. You can lead the charge without commanding members of your team, and you would be amazed at the productivity of a highly-motivated and well-lead team. 

Be part of the team!- Lead by setting an example! Lead more so by your actions and less by your words. Emulating a horizontal structure throughout a (healthcare) system is great because everyone feels equally accountable and responsible. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

14 Reasons to Fall In Love with The Medical Profession

We always hear that nursing and all things medical are "labors of love", but there's much more to it! Regardless of your Valentine status, you can fall in love with your career! Here's why we love it:

1. The challenge! 

2. Never waste time picking out your clothes - you've got scrubs for that!

3. The humor of it! 

4. The pay's not too shabby, as nurses and medical professionals are in high demand.

5. You'll always feel needed.

6. The appreciation from patients and their families!

7. You serve as the primary care provider and go-to for everyone in your family!

8. You can set your own pace - from the fast pace of the NICU to the easy pace of a long term care facility.

9. You're a lifesaver -- literally!

10. Getting paid to do something you love.

11. There is never a dull moment.

12. With medical advances so often, you're constantly learning, growing, and changing!

13. Being part of a team is the best feeling.

14. The stories and the memories are priceless.