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  • Rock Your Health: Seven ways to calm a busy boomer

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

    I am a busy boomer. Always on the move and always doing more than I need to. I am an energizer bunny. It seems to be a trait of many fellow boomers that we don't want to slow down.

    What I have noticed, however, is I get so busy "doing" that I don't take enough time "being." And by doing all the time, I miss out on a lot of what is great about my age and wisdom and being a boomer. In an effort to correct that, I (sadly) have to schedule time on my calendar for relaxation and reflection, which is apparently what we have to do today to get any free time for ourselves. As crazy as that seems, it actually works and is a great tool if you are looking for a way to build time into your day for YOU!

    So pull out your calendars and create some space for you every day where you can REFLECT on all that is great about your life and what lies ahead. Here are a few steps to follow.

    Read the rest of Carol's post here.

    Visit our blog for nurse managers here.

  • Rock Your Health: Seven secrets to being a healthy Boomer

    By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP


    What does it mean to be a healthy Baby Boomer? I am one and am proud of it! But I latched on to the concept of Wellness early-on. Right out of nursing training I spent three years as a Navy Nurse caring for Vietnam casualties and really got a wake-up call about war and how it is not a good thing! But I learned a lot, grew up a lot, and then entered civilian life again doing the nursing thing at the bedside. That may have been the turning point for me because I felt the problems I was treating could have been prevented, and it all seemed senseless to me.

    So I became a school nurse, got hooked on teaching kids how to stay healthy, and made the shift from treating problems to helping people prevent them. Much more rewarding for me and thus I was dubbed "Nurse Wellness."

    What I have learned and "know for sure" (as Oprah would put it) is that there are some core principles that if you adhere to them, all will be well.  Why people don't is still a mystery to me, but once you get in the groove of these things, it becomes fun, with a huge payoff—like you might live forever! And right now as a Boomer, that sounds mighty nice, doesn't it?

    Read the rest of Carol's post here.

    Visit our blog for nurse managers here.

  • Meet our new health and wellness nurse blogger!

    Please join me in welcoming Carol Ebert, RN, to the StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and The Leaders' Lounge blog community!

    Carol is a health and wellness expert and devotes much of her time to helping nurses focus on their own health and wellness, as well as preparing for retirement and the later part of their careers.

    Carol will pen the "Rock Your Health" column each Wednesday on The Leaders' Lounge. Be sure to stop by and check out her latest helpful tips and advice!

    Read her first post and find out about Carol's personal journey here.

    Visit our blog for nurse managers here.

  • Change is good: A new nurse action plan

    As a nurse manager, one of your challenges is to lead the change process for your staff. And, while new procedures and practices need to be assimilated by your experienced staff members as they arise, your new nurses experience the greatest number of changes every day as they transition to service from preceptorship.

    Unfortunately, by and large, people are programmed not to change. New staff members may think that the skills learned in nursing school or in a previous position will map directly to your workplace, and they will tend to fall back on the way things were done before. You, on the other hand, need them to adapt quickly, putting behaviors learned in nursing orientation to work. In other words, you need them to change.

    Try using the action plan below to help identify specific areas to address. It will give you the framework you both need to keep improving and changing.

    Read the rest of this post here.

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  • Improving the image of nursing

    Every nurse can play a part in elevating the public perception of the nursing profession. The table below shows you how email, evidence-based research, reasonable work schedules, a diverse workforce, preceptorships, interprofessional communication skills, and name tags can promote the professional image of nursing. This table was adapted from the HCPro book, The Image of Nursing, by Shelley Cohen, RN, MS, CEN and Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN.

    See more at: http://blogs.hcpro.com/nursemanagers/

  • Evidence-based practice vs. nursing research

    Judging by the number of people who search our site for an explanation of the relationship of evidence-based practice to nursing research, I thought that you might appreciate the following visual "cheat sheet" of these two important concepts. Both evidence-based practice and nursing research are vital parts of the journey to designation as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(r) organization.

    Visit our nursing blog to see the cheat sheet. 

    Download a copy to keep from www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

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  • Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    A comprehensive guide for establishing a formal case-based nursing peer review program, including all the tools and procedures organizations need to build and manage a structure to conduct systematic evaluation of clinical care.

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