Leadership and Mentoring

Do you remember a professor from nursing school who inspired and challenged you? Would you like to provide that kind of guidance for a new nurse? These articles offer tips and suggestions for how to be a leader and mentor who provides encouragement and honest critique for the net generation of nurses.

Tip 4 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is designed to open your ears to sound in a non-judgmental way, and indeed to train your mind to be less swayed by the influence of past experiences and preconception.

So much of what we “feel” is . . .

Tip 3 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is designed to cultivate a heightened awareness and appreciation of simple daily tasks and the results they achieve.

Think of something that happens every day more than once; something you take for granted, like opening a door, for . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Sonya Wood-Johnson, MSN, RN, PCCN; Suzanna Ho, MSN, RN; and Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Today’s healthcare organizations need to improve patient safety, which includes effectively communicating information to nurses about safety incidents and how to address them. After all, frontline nurses are at the sharp edge of patient care—the last step before an error occurs. But communicating to staff in a large . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Stephanie A. Walton, MSN, RN, and Deb Sitter, MA, BSN, BSM, RN-BC

Our hospital systems’ journey to obtain Magnet® recognition led to an excellent opportunity: the chance to revamp and improve our nursing orientation program as part of the effort to achieve excellence in nursing practice. Our system consists of three hospitals that historically held separate nursing orientations—we combined them into . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Mary*, a new manager in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting on every issue with which she’s presented. So she’s a little surprised when her leader-mentor Susan tells her that she’s developing a reputation for being overly . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Kim S. Hitchings, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Tonya Kemp, RN; Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN; Barbara Labriola, MS, RN, CMSRN; and Lori Yesenofski, MSN, RN, CCRN

Since the Magnet® Vision was published in 2008, it has inspired actions by nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH), a Magnet-recognized academic community hospital located in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2011, when LVH received its third Magnet designation, we dissected the vision statement to stimulate goals to help LVH continue . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Cynthia M. Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Civility is not situational. What a leader must manifest all day, every day, is civility, because civility is—or at least should be—an expectation and imperative for all of us…especially in health care.
—Michael S. Woods, MD, MMM, author and healthcare consultant
Recognizing, addressing, and preventing incivility calls . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

Thirty years ago, Brigadier General Sarah Wells began the tradition of gathering nurses together to place flowers on the graves of nurses who served in the U.S. military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This biannual tradition continues today.

Wells served as Air Force Nurse Corps Chief from . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: V. Susan Carroll, MS, RN, SCRN, and Timothy M. Carrigan, PhD, RN, FACHE

Patient satisfaction has long been one way that hospitals measured quality, albeit indirectly. The surgical services division of Rush University Medical Center, an academic medical center in Chicago, IL, planned and implemented a broader approach to measuring quality based on purposeful daily leadership rounding (PDLR) specifically focused on clinical quality . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Armi S. Earlam, DNP, MPA, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Lean and Six Sigma are well-established quality improvement tools. Combining the two creates a synergistic effect, boosting effectiveness. In the hospital where I work, we used Lean Six Sigma to reduce hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) by 60%. In this article, I answer common questions related to these tools . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Transforming health care is a complex challenge that can best be met through a coordinated response from academia and clinical practice. Working together, chief nursing officers (CNOs) and academic leaders ensure that clinicians are prepared to provide high-quality patient care and influence the systems where they practice.

To better . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

One of the most painful experiences for any parent is the death of a child. The family is deeply affected by the loss, and the extended “family” of co-workers, neighbors, and community are also affected. However, not many organizational leaders, including those in health care, are prepared for the . . .