Tag: leadership

Feed your hungry in-service binder

Feed your hungry in-service binder

In-services.  We all know the importance of training our staff, keeping them updated and communicating regularly.  If you are like me, You swear you just had an in-service recently, go back to your records, and time has flown by.  Could that last documented in-service really have […]

Patient teaching:  Our podium is often a stretcher.

Patient teaching: Our podium is often a stretcher.

  My mom is a retired teacher.  I remember having to go to school in late summer with her so that she could set up her classroom. I loved the anticipation of it all…the fresh chalk, creating bulletin boards, and the new books. It inspired […]

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

  If you are anything like me, policy review and revision is something I tend to dread. Sometimes, there is an exhaustive thick policy book that rivals War and Peace. Sometimes, there are several books that have been divided up by category.  Always, no matter […]

Don’t make me turn this Operating Room Around!

Don’t make me turn this Operating Room Around!

  Yes, I have actually said this. I did so in a kidding manner, but when I did, I truly felt it. I am sure that there are times where you may have felt this way as well.  It may be due to staff needing […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

      We can’t always get the surgeon there on time, but we can take steps to make sure we are ready when they get there.  Here are a few tips that may help all that dirty work seem a little easier and off […]

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

  One of the first things I learned in nursing school, after I put on that embarrassing apron thing over my crisp new white uniform, and after learning bed making (do they still teach that?) and hand washing, was that if its not documented, it’s […]

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

Preventing those High Noon Standoffs-making sure our policies work

  We know that a facility’s policies are considered the “laws” of the center. Not completely unlike the days of the Wild West, they provide a framework for the orderly operations of the facility, instead of what can feel like a battle at sundown with […]

This may be a good time to get back to basics.

This may be a good time to get back to basics.

  As I woke up this morning to learn that another healthcare worker has been infected with the Ebola virus at the Dallas Hospital where the patient was treated, it evoked an emotional response, as it may have with you as well. Thoughts like: This […]

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

  I recently worked with a facility that used red allergy bands they had sharpie markered with each patient’s allergies. They get kudos for patient safety, but it was definitely not the most efficient practice. I could just see the staff going through each chart, […]