nursing success, nursing culture, nursing behavior, professional development
Chances are, if you’re reading this blog post you’re a nurse and know that nurses are notoriously known for NOT sharing. Nurse educators hoard their power point presentations and lectures; experienced nurses hoard their tips sheets and short cuts that make clinical practice easier; and nurse leaders hoard their resources and contacts who can make things happen.
Why do we feel so compelled to hoard and not share?
I think it’s because we are afraid that someone will either take advantage of us or use our “stuff” to climb higher on the ladder.
However, if you truly want to become a successful nurse, start sharing!

My daughter Kaitlin is a phys-ed and health teacher. She is PASSIONATE about inspiring kids to be more active. However, she has another passion – dogs. Kaitlin’s ultimate goal is to own and operate a no-kill dog shelter. 
To fund her shelter, Kaitlin makes and sells organic dog treats (Katie’s Canine Treats). Although dogs LOVE them, her full time job as teacher and coach (she coaches basketball, volleyball AND softball!), she only has time to make her treats on the weekends and for now, only sells to friends and family (planning to get FDA approval soon).
Kaitlin called me last week asking for advice.  One of her friends who bought her treats when she was home for the holidays (Kaitlin lives in Raleigh but grew up in Pittsburgh) asked her for the recipe so she could make them for her dog. Apparently her dog loved them so much, that she wanted to make them herself.
Here’s the dilemma – should Kaitlin share the recipe with her friend, knowing that she is trying to grow a business from these treats?
Most of her co-workers told her to say no. That her recipe was copyright and that she shouldn’t share. After all, if she shared her recipe, then there was no incentive for her friend to buy them from her. And, there’s a chance that her friend would make and sell them too!
Some of her friends also gave her advice that involved lying – which is never ok.
Then Kaitlin turned to me for advice and this is what I told her:
I told Kaitlin to be honest and respectful – To tell her that her ultimate goal was to own and operate a no-kill dog shelter and that the sale of her dog treats were going into a fund to support her shelter.  That she would be willing to share her recipe with her because she is her friend, but asked her not to share it with anyone else.  

Kaitlin and Saphira

And guess what happened?
Her friend had no idea that Kaitlin’s Canine Treats had a higher purpose. Not only did she NOT want the recipe, but she bought more treats and promise to promote Kaitlin’s business among her friends and family.
I love the text message I got back from my daughter – “I told her exactly what u told me to 🙂 it works being nice, honest and willing to share! Thanks mom!”
Be honest with others; be nice; and above all – SHARE!
I’d love to read your comments about your experiences when you’ve either shared or didn’t share.
Thanks so much for reading. Take care and stay connected!

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