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Monday, May 2, 2016
Nurses Week starts May 6. I hope you find time to celebrate with each other at your workplace and through your professional organizations.

“Culture of Safety: It Starts with You.” Think about what that means to you and your peers. What role do you have as a professional in the creation of a safe environment and a just culture? The two go hand-in-hand when we strive to create an environment that’s safe for providers and patients.

Take advantage of the educational offerings available to you this week. And take the opportunity to enjoy the new issue of Nursing made Incredibly Easy! at www.NursingMadeIncrediblyEasy.com, which celebrates you, the nursing professional. Remember why you became a nurse and look at where you are now and where you want to go in your career.

Happy Nurses Week everyone and thank you for all you do!

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics
Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Resources:
Volume 14 Issue 3

Monday, April 25, 2016

The beauty of spring is all around us and so are the allergens! For our patients and our loved ones who experience allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues such as COPD, this time of year is tough. You’ll begin to see many more admissions through your ED, requiring immediate intervention. Be aware of the pollen levels, have respect for those with allergies and what they’re experiencing, and be cognizant of emergent changes in respiratory status. Brush up on your knowledge and skill level regarding the management of respiratory distress, asthma, and even anaphylaxis. Yes, let’s not forget that the bugs are back and the stingers are out in force. Be prepared to educate your patients about the dangers surrounding them this time of year and intervene when needed.

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics
Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
Murfreesboro, Tenn.



Friday, April 15, 2016
I had a very engaging conversation with a group of peers this past week. The topic was salary and whether it’s a measure of success. Depending on whom you ask, the measure of professional success varies. Some will eagerly speak of promotion and financial gain, whereas others will talk of meaning in their work and personal fulfillment. It seems that the beauty of nursing as a profession is that it enables the licensed professional to experience and explore so many different avenues. Additionally, your goals and aspirations will change as you grow and develop as a professional.

What’s your measure of success? After 30 years in nursing and many years in management, I’m rethinking some of my goals and attempting to balance where I am with where I want to be. I’m asking myself: What’s my passion? What can I live with and what can’t I live without? What’s my personal definition of success? When was the last time you had this conversation with yourself and evaluated your personal and professional goals? Is where you’re at where your passion lies? Or is it what you think you must do because you’ve invested so much of your career into this path? It’s so important on so many levels to take the time for self-talk and self-evaluation. Go ahead and have this conversation with yourself!

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics
Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
Murfreesboro, Tenn

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Nurses Week will be here before we know it. This year’s theme is “Culture of Safety: It starts with YOU.” The American Nurses Association (ANA) website has toolkits and resources to assist you in celebrating Nurses Week with your peers, staff, or a special nurse in your life. In 1982, Congress proclaimed May 6th  to be National Nurses Recognition Day after years of lobbying. Then in 1990, the ANA expanded the celebration to become a week-long event. Many nursing professionals have paved the way for us to have the ability to celebrate our profession and accomplishments as professionals. And what better way to acknowledge our contributions to healthcare than by developing a culture of safety and empowering all nurses to understand that it starts with each and every one of us. Don’t forget to check out our Nurses Week special issue - available now!

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics
Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Resources:
Volume 14 Issue 3

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This week I’ve been researching employee satisfaction. The literature supports the idea that high job satisfaction is directly related to frontline managers’ relationships with staff members. As a manager myself, I know that some of my peers will disagree with this theory. I’m mixed in my view. I agree that the frontline manager “sets the tone.” He or she is the main link between point-of-care staff and upper-level decision makers – the “voice” on both sides of the chain. Managers are the cheerleaders, supporters, enforcers, and trackers. However, my peers are correct that managers are only as good as the executive team allows them to be. This means that much of what’s said and done is delegated from above and the frontline manager is caught in the middle. But I remain convinced that this isn’t as impactful as managers’ investment in their teams. What’s your relationship with your immediate supervisor? Is he or she supportive and invested in you and the organization? Do you agree that managers are the link to job satisfaction and retention?

Lisa Lockhart, MHA, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager, Specialty Clinics
Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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The mission of the peer-reviewed journal Nursing made Incredibly Easy! is to meet the ongoing educational needs of nurses in a refreshingly original, easily understood format.