The Importance of Courage and Exploration for Nurse Leaders with Dennie Hycha

The Importance of Courage and Exploration for Nurse Leaders with Dennie Hycha

 

In this episode we are joined by Dennie Hycha, the President of CARNA and board director of the Canadian Nurses Association. Dennie shares the changes she’s experienced in nursing from the days of memorizing recipe boxes full of med cards to current advances in nursing technology like augmented intelligence.

 

Episode Highlights 

 

In this episode we discuss:

    • The best decision she has made in her nursing career
    • Her transition into nursing leadership
    • The difference that the influence of nursing can make at a provincial and national level
    • How nurses can be on the cutting edge of sector change
    • Where nurses can provide greater leadership and voice
    • How to pair your interests to create a dynamite career
    • Ways to shift a culture, starting with yourself
    • And much more…

 

Key 3 Points

 

  1. Leadership can feel like taking a leap of faith – take it.
  2. There are so many options in your nursing career. Explore.
  3. Have courage. Nurses can change the world.  

 

Words Worth Sharing

 

“If you’re all talking about the greater good, about what we can contribute as nursing to the health picture or to community development, there will be lots for us to talk about.” Dennie Hycha on working with government.

“Put your hand up and say count me in. I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into, but I’m curious and I’m interested.” Dennie Hycha on her advice for nurses stepping into leadership roles. 

We need to have the courage to step over the edge when we don’t know where we’re going, but have the confidence that we’ll be able to get to someplace that will be supportive, productive and progressive.” Dennie Hycha

Mentioned in this Episode

 

 

Proactively Manage Your Nursing Career with Dr. Claire Betker

Proactively Manage Your Nursing Career with Dr. Claire Betker

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Claire Betker, the current president of the Canadian Nurses Association. We talk about the many leadership roles Claire has held in her career across local, regional, provincial and national levels.

Episode Highlights

 

We also discuss:

  • How opportunities for advancement can come unexpectedly
  • What mentorship has looked like in her career
  • The value of being involved in professional associations
  • How to gain leadership experience outside of nursing (which can then benefit your nursing career)
  • Her hopes for the Canadian Nursing Association
  • How to claim our voice and the title of leader
  • Ways that nurses can be allies to communities in need
  • And much more…

Key 3 Points

1. When someone taps you on the shoulder, step up.
2. Your best mentor might not be who you report to, so proactively search for the right mentor.
3. Be a lifelong learner.

 

Words Worth Sharing

 

“If you see someone with the kind of attributes or characteristics of leadership that’s required in your team, tap them on the shoulder, whether it’s your peer or someone else higher in the organization.” Dr. Claire Betker on succession planning.

 

“One of my friends says nurses are the solution and they bring the solutions.” Dr. Claire Betker on the state of nursing.

 

Mentioned in this Episode

Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties
Peace and Power by Peggy Chinn
CARNA

The 4 Pillars of Nursing Leadership with Barb Shellian

The 4 Pillars of Nursing Leadership with Barb Shellian

In this inaugural episode, we are joined by Barb Shellian RN, MN, a powerhouse in nurse leadership. We talk about Barb’s views on many aspects of nursing, and we even talk a little bit about farmers and cowboys!

 

Episode Highlights 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Reflections on 45 years of nursing
  • How nurses can show leadership in any position
  • Her four pillars of leadership
  • The top resources she recommends
  • The biggest challenge facing nurses today
  • How we can support new graduates
  • Ways for nurses to expand their influence and advocacy
  • And so much more…

 

Key 3 Points

  1. Self-reflection is critical to leadership. 
  2. Connect with unbelievable mentors who have the characteristics you want to understand.
  3. If you want change, prepare yourself accordingly.

 

Words Worth Sharing

“The people that you’re caring for, the families and the patients, see you as a leader because you have the knowledge and the skills that they’re depending on.” Barb Shellian

“You have to prepared and school yourself in what it takes to be a good leader.” Barb Shelllian

“Be prepared. Be resilient. Be relentless. Be yourself.” Barb Shellian

 

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