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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

​Social media continues to be a place of dialogue about the tragedy in Orlando. The event has had a huge impact on everyone. One much discussed topic revolves around the way healthcare personnel from all disciplines and departments arrived without being called. I started thinking about the practice runs that all facilities do, often referred to as a code green or mass casualty alert. We practice (often halfheartedly) because drills are important, but inconvenient, and we know what to say and do, and where to find the policy. But what happens when it’s real? Do you think your facility would respond the way staff in Orlando did, rising to the occasion and meeting the challenge head on? Would your teammates house-wide just show up ready to work? Talk to us about your thoughts on this personally and globally.

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


Thursday, June 16, 2016

​It’s horribly sad that once again we’re faced with another mass shooting. I've spent a lot of time watching the terrible details on TV. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. I started thinking about our nation and our culture, and the fact that hatred and intolerance seem so commonplace in a country that began as a way to combat such injustice. Of course, I always turn that into a reflection of my own nursing practice and what I expect of myself and my coworkers. Nurses have the responsibility to care for all human beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, or gender identity. We don’t pass judgment on you - period. If we do, then we’re in the wrong profession. How wonderful if our world functioned under that premise; what a great place this would be! Tragedies such as this one always make us think: There’s an outpouring of emotion and a stand for what’s right. I applaud this, but we should strive for that same conviction every day. Have you and your coworkers had a dialogue about this past weekend’s events? What are you discussing?

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

I’ve been bombarded with images of graduations at all levels over this past weekend. It made think about all of those fresh minds graduating from nursing school this month. They’ll be out there excited and ready to start professional roles in nursing. The new graduate nurse will be of various age ranges and background experiences; some entering healthcare for the first time ever, some changing their healthcare focus and position. What matters next is whose team they join and how that team manages their introduction into our workforce. The first year (to 3 years) is huge in forming how they’ll function, where they’ll work, and how they embrace this next stage of professional development. Investing in the growth and development of our new nurses is vital to their success and our own. These individuals will be the future of nursing--our future caregivers, advocates, and successors. How does your organization assist this transition? How do you do with new graduates? What mark and influence do you make on their personal and professional growth? Was your new graduate experience a positive or negative one? Let’s hear from you!

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

Friday, May 27, 2016
Memorial Day weekend is here! The kids are out of school, the pools are open, and summer vacations begin. Maybe you have big plans for the weekend, or maybe your plans are about working in an ED or even an urgent care center. For those of you who are working, your concern is all about safety and the expectation of an increased number of summer activity injuries. Falls, near drowning, insect bites, ATV injuries, and the list goes on. I ask that no matter what your plans may be, take a moment to remember our veterans.

This weekend is a time to honor those who’ve served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Be cognizant that for many veterans and their families, this weekend is an emotional one. If you’re working, you may see an increased number of patients with PTSD exacerbation, suicidal ideations, or severe emotional distress. There will be ceremonies and honorariums held across the country, and these events may be hard on some. And please don’t forget that some of your coworkers also served and should be honored as well.

We wish you a safe holiday weekend!

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


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 our Nurses Week Special feature "Give the Gift of Feedback" at www.NursingManagement.com, which offers tips to hone your skills in not only giving constructive feedback, but also receiving it. Remember why you became a nurse leader 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.
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