Today’s healthcare environment is very different from when I graduated over 20 years ago.  Back then we had time to do the little things that made us feel human – pm care, real patient education, and even an occasional “hanging out” with patients and their families. Now, nurses find themselves in a whirlwind of increasing demands, technology and patient acuity.  Not only is being competent in delegation more important than ever – it’s a matter of survival.  Yet it is a skill that most nursing professionals identify as our biggest weakness. So, what are we going to do about it?  We need to start learning the “skill” of delegation.  We will start looking at delegation and begin the steps to mastering this critical skill.  I invite you to share any tips that work for you – chances are, they will work for others. Delegating to nursing assistants:  Many nurses find it difficult to delegate to nursing assistants that are older than them or have been there for a longer period of time.  I know some of them can be intimidating but delegation is a skill that you need to master.  Most new graduate nurses and even seasoned ones struggle with this skill so you’re not alone. Here’s a tip:  Avoid using the phrase, “Can you do me a favor”.  It implies that it really isn’t their job and that they are just...

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Joining Professional Nursing Organizations

Greetings One of the first steps to becoming serious about your role as a professional nurse is to join a professional nursing organization. Nursing organizations can provide you with the resources you need to advance your skills and knowledge in your specialty. They also provide you with the ability to network with other nurses that are passionate about their profession! Check out my website: for a list of professional nursing organizations.  If you’re not sure which one to join…just ask me!!  I can help you to figure it out. Take care and stay connected...

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January Communication Workshop

Communication Workshop for Nursing Professionals Transforming your practice through skilled and deliberate communication There are currently more than 600,000 physicians in the United States but over 3.1 million nurses.  However, nurses have earned the dubious title of “the silent majority”.  Now, more than ever, nurses have the ability to impact the direction of their practice and the future of their profession.  Change is inevitable and to ensure the voice of nursing is heard, it is crucial that nurses develop the communication skills necessary to influence decisions.  Whether a nursing student, bedside nurse, a nurse manager or educator this communication workshop will provide nurses with the communication skills they need to transform their practice. Workshop objectives: Recognize communication styles and how they impact the work environment Resolve conflict and embrace differences – tips and strategies Communicate successfully across generations Improve verbal and non-verbal communication among individuals and groups Advance professional practice – making a good first impression, building relationships and creating professional portfolios Jan 22, 2011 – Pittsburgh PA Robert Morris University8:00 AM – 3:30...

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