All in Leadership

Everyone in healthcare is a leader

Everyone involved in providing healthcare to a patient is a leader, regardless of their position or job title.  The people that we care for often don’t understand what’s going on with them or why we are doing what we are doing.  They may not be familiar with the medical jargon used to describe a health condition or medical process that will be taking place to treat their condition.  It’s up to us, everyday leaders, to help them navigate the healthcare system.

Attention Ladies: 3 Ways to Get a Seat at the Executive Table

Healthcare is an industry that prides itself on being inclusive of all races and sexes -- an equal opportunity employer. And while this is true, there are still a surprisingly small number of women in the c-suite. According to The Advisory Board Company, women make up 80% of healthcare workers, but only 40 % of positions at the executive level. It should be noted that many of those executive positions are in the human resources or nursing areas.

How do you address a challenging employee?

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth.” -- Robert Evans, American film producer.

As a leader, those are the three things to keep in mind as you enter a situation where you are meditating or addressing difficult issues with an employee or employees. In the heat of the moment, everyone remembers the situation differently, from his or her perspective.  These remembrances can be very different when recalled later. 

How to make your work environment enjoyable without a huge investment

We spend on average eight hours a day at work. That translates to roughly 2,080 hours per year. This means we spend about a quarter of our life each year at work. With another quarter spent sleeping and a third quarter keeping our households running, this leaves only 25 percent for fun and relaxation. It’s no wonder we run around stressed all the time, feeling as if there’s no time to do the things we want to do.  

Living gluten-free

There’s a lot of hubbub about gluten these days. The most frequent questions I hear are, “What is gluten?” and “Why is it put into food in the first place?” Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. It’s put into foods to help them keep shape, almost acting as a glue holding food together.

5 basic ingredients in effective leadership

Leadership at its heart comes down to how well you are able to connect with people. It doesn’t matter how much education or business training you have. Some of the world’s best leaders have had little to no education [Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, John D Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Mark Twain just to name a few].  It’s simple. If you are unable to connect to people on a basic level, you won’t be a good leader.

Horrors of Heroin Addiction

The U.S. government signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The Act aims to “expedite the discovery, development and delivery of new treatment and cures,” which includes $1 billion over 2 years time to opioid abuse prevention and treatment.  Below is an interview with Kim Bassett, an RN and healthcare executive with more than 25 years experience. Kim speaks candidly about heroin and the dangers of its use.

Critical Thinking in Nursing Improves Patient Care

As healthcare leaders, one of our roles is to help people tap into their critical thinking skills.  We must ask the tough, thought-provoking questions that will help our team develop a questioning attitude and, more importantly, develop the ability to problem solve.  We must push them to use these skills to positively affect the life of each and every patient under their watch.