A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

A Message of Hope From Nurses to Nurses During COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 crisis it felt incredibly important to bring back many of our past and upcoming podcast guests, nursing leaders from around the world, to share their messages of hope, motivation and support. We know you have challenging days ahead, but we want to remind you of why you matter more than ever, why you are not “just” a nurse, and how to keep your morale up.

This is a podcast episode that I hope you download to your phone so that whenever you need a pep talk over the next few months, you have one in your pocket.

Remember nurses, we’re in this together.

 

Guest Info

Focus on Your To-Be List Instead of Your To-Do List with Drew Dudley

Focus on Your To-Be List Instead of Your To-Do List with Drew Dudley

Focus on Your To-Be List Instead of Your To-Do List with Drew Dudley

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Today we have an extra special guest for you. He’s not a nurse, but he is an expert of everyday leadership and we talk about his TED talk which has been a huge inspiration to me.

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to help people unlearn some dangerous lessons about leadership.
As the founder and chief catalyst of Day One Leadership, he has helped top organizations around the world increase their leadership capacity. His clients have included McDonald’s, American Express, JP Morgan Chase, the United Way, and more than 100 colleges and universities.

Prior to this, Drew spent eight years as the director of one of Canada’s largest leadership development programs at the University of Toronto.

Drew is also the bestselling author of This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters. It debuted at #6 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
As a speaker, Drew has delivered keynotes to more than 250,000 people across five continents. His TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time”.

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about his early start in professional fundraising and go on to discuss:

  • How the famous TED talk came to be
  • That using the word ‘just’ diminishes our activities, abilities and beliefs
  • The traditionally narrow view of leadership
  • Behaviour effect – ask yourself questions to prompt behaviours throughout the day
  • Confidence vs. courage

Key Points

1.  Leadership is about creating moments of compassion, kindness, empathy and forgiveness.

2.  Focus on your to-be list instead of your to-do list.

3.  Use your values to drive behaviours and your actions

 

Journal Prompts:

1. Why do YOU matter? Realize that you’ve likely never thought about it before. Ask yourself and give yourself evidence that you matter.

2. Hurt people hurt people. Will you continue to carry that pain with you? Or will you let it go? And how?

3. How can you treat yourself with the same respect you treat your phone? How do you ensure you don’t hit 10% and are running on empty?

 

Quotable

“I promised myself you’re not allowed to use the word ‘just’. Not ‘just’ a speaker, not ‘just’ a student, not ‘just’ a nurse.”

—Drew Dudley

 

“What makes nurses so extraordinary is the level of interaction they have in this environment where peoples humanity always feels tenuous. Nurses navigate between the egos of doctors and the fears of patients and family members. It is nurses who can create those individual moments to remind patients of their humanity.”

—Drew Dudley

 

“Not enough people call themselves leaders because they made it into something too big, too complex and too beyond ourselves.”

—Drew Dudley

 

“A value is a value only if you use it as criteria for decision making.”

—Drew Dudley

 

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Coffee Break #3 Gratitude and Appreciation

Coffee Break #3 Gratitude and Appreciation

Coffee Break #3 Gratitude and Appreciation

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Welcome back to the third episode of the Coffee Break Edition.

Today we are talking about the importance as leaders, and frankly as human beings, of gratitude and appreciation. A few years ago this quote really stood out to me:

 

We have the ability to change our brains and our mindset when we prioritize gratitude. I talk about how I did it, how it’s impacted my life, and how you can do it also.

Challenge: Add yourself to the gratitude list and list three things about yourself that you are grateful for. Keep this gratitude practice every single day for the next twenty-one days.

Journal Prompts:

  1. What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were grateful for today
  2. Make a list of all the things/people/experiences you love and/or are grateful for.
  3. Were you on that list? Why or why not? How can you start to add yourself to your daily gratitude practice?

     

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Nursing in a World Outside of Your Control with Tim Guest

Nursing in a World Outside of Your Control with Tim Guest

Nursing in a World Outside of Your Control with Tim Guest

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Today our guest is Tim Guest, the President-elect of the Canadian Nurses Association. Tim is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from the University of Alberta and a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management with Specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Tim has over 28 years of experience in the Canadian health care system, from clinician to senior executive, in Alberta and Nova Scotia including rural, urban and academic/tertiary settings.

Tim’s portfolios have included program responsibility for Medicine, Emergency, Critical Care, Trauma, Ambulatory Care, Surgical Services, Pathology/Laboratory, Endoscopy, Diagnostic Imaging, Mental Health, Maternal/Child services, Rehabilitation, Pastoral Care, Home Care and Population health, and access and flow.

Tim is an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada. He has also been a board member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, and has an adjunct appointment with the Dalhousie University School of Nursing.

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about Tim’s nursing journey which began in small town rural Alberta and took him places he couldn’t have imagined before exploring:

  • The difference in the experience and trajectory of being a male in a primarily female dominated industry
  • How to navigate career changes outside of your control (layoffs, position eliminations)
  • What everyday leadership actually looks like
  • A plan of action in nurses seeking national or provincial leadership roles
  • Ways to be political engaged as a nurse
  • How to shake the “Just a Nurse” mentality
  • What issues or social justice platforms nurses can collectively put their voices behind

Key Points

1. Don’t back away from a challenge

2. There’s never going to be a perfect time

3. Grab hold of what fundamentally moves you and use it as a catalyst to get you involved with the world

 

Quotable

“The time to actually make the decision about whether a new role is right for you is not at the time of applying, it’s when you get offered it. Until you actually get offered it, you don’t have a decision. Don’t minimize yourself by not applying. Apply.”

—Tim Guest

 

 

 

“Titles are irrelevant. Any nurse is a leader and practices and provides leadership in the role they’re in. Managers don’t own it.”

—Tim Guest

 

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Every Nurse a Leader with Carolyn Hoffman

Every Nurse a Leader with Carolyn Hoffman

Every Nurse a Leader with Carolyn Hoffman

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Carolyn Hoffman is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Nursing who has senior leadership experience in hospital operations, provincial government, nursing regulation and quality improvement in healthcare; all with a focus on patient safety. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association and was previously the SVP, Quality & Healthcare Improvement for Alberta Health Services, the largest health region in the country. 

In 2004, Carolyn was one of the first employees of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute where she was Director of Operations (Ontario to British Columbia). Her key responsibilities included internal lead for the development and launch of the Safer Healthcare Now! National Campaign. Carolyn is a co-author of the Tool for the Concise Analysis of Patient Safety Incidents (2016), Canadian Incident Analysis Framework (2012); the lead author of the 2008 consultation paper on the Development of a Canadian Adverse Event Reporting and Learning System; and co-author of the Canadian Root Cause Analysis Framework (2006) as well as the Canadian Patient Safety Dictionary (2003). Her current role is President and Chief Executive Office for the Institute for the Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP).

 

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about the beginning of her nursing career and that ‘first tap on the shoulder’ that led her to education before exploring:

  • Her expanding awareness of systems for patient safety that became a passion and driving force for the rest of her career
  • The educator role and how to approach finding roles for yourself in that sphere
  • What’s required and the day-to-day in working in patient safety
  • The importance of having a support network
  • The right attitude for change in the nurses’ career and the nursing profession

Key Points

1. Ask questions

2. It is essential that you know and believe in yourself and take forward your experience, education and intention forward with confidence

3. Be as authentic and engaged in the patient-client relationship as you can

 

Quotable

“I had the attitude that I was an informal teacher with my colleagues. I demonstrated the behaviour that I wanted to support my colleagues and if they had any questions informally, side by side with them delivering patient care, they knew that they could count on me for that.”

—Carolyn Hoffman

 

 

 

“Leadership is a value that you have, a behaviour you need to demonstrate.”

—Carolyn Hoffman

 

 

 

“Asking questions may be the single most important thing you do every day.”

—Carolyn Hoffman

 

 

 

“You’re never going to know unless you try. The best antidote for fear is action.”

—Amy Deagle

 

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