February 9, 2009, 9:51 pm

News Flash: Nursing Leaders Care!

Oh, give me a break!

I mean really. It would be a cold day in hell before I’d be helping a doctor put his coat on.

Even if he is Charlton Heston.

Okay, maybe I’d hand it to him.

Ol’ Charlie can’t believe she’s doing it, either.

That’s a mighty fine cap, by the way. Definitely a 10/10 on the Emergiblog Cap Rating Scale!

If I tried to wear my cap right now, it wouldn’t stay on. I got a haircut that makes Drew Carey look like Rapunzel. Epic haircut FAIL.


Grand Rounds is here next Tuesday, February 17th.

No rules, no theme, just send me your best and I’ll mold them into a masterpiece.

It would be very helpful if you would watch the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” before the 17th, if you have not already seen it.


I’m sitting here in a room at the Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay, blogging.

No, I didn’t come here to be pampered. At least not physically.

I’m here for the annual conference of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, of which I am a proud new member.

Let me just say that if you are feeling burnt and discouraged, you need a meeting.

I feel like my career has been to a spa!


And if you are like I was, you figure that “management” was way out of touch with what the bedside nurse has to deal with, all they cared about is “the bottom line”, and all we are as staff nurses are warm bodies to fill the schedule.


I’ve had the pleasure of meeting nurse leaders/managers from all over the state of California over the last two days, and they are a passionate group of professional nurses.

Yes, I used the term “manager” and “passionate” in the same sentence. Let me add “colleague” to that description.


True nurse leaders are not sitting in ivory towers out of the fray that is nursing practice. They are diving head-first in addressing the problems and the issue affecting patient care.

And folks, they care about the bedside nurse. About us. They are the ones working hard on the research that is a major part of evidence-based practice. Nursing leaders are the ones who are speaking out on political issues that affect our practice every day.

And they care. Passionately. About the bedside nurse and about the patients we care for.

I feel as though my career has gotten sub-q Epi.

I may have found the cure for burn out. Right here in Monterey.

Basically, we are all nurse leaders.


Fun notes:

Meeting Ruth Ann Terry from the California BRN. What a great (and fun) lady!

Seeing the lieutenant governor of California, John Garamendi, speak at the keynote.  I tell ya, that man could have me thinking like a Democrat in two seconds.

The most exciting part for me was finding out that the brand new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will begin their Nursing PhD program in Health Policy in September of 2010. Brand new. Ground floor – first class. Guess when I want to start?

And meeting the folks from the UCSF PhD program.

And this was just the first day!

What a ride!


  • Strong One

    February 10, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I often wonder who is to blame for that horrible idea of not saying ‘manager’ and ‘passionate’ in the same sentence.
    Glad to hear your conference is going well! Congrats on the networking!

  • Healthcare Today

    February 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    News Flash: Nursing Leaders Care!…

    If you are like I was, you figure that “management” was way out of touch with what the bedside nurse has to deal with, all they cared about is “the bottom line”, and all we are as staff nurses are warm bodies to fill the schedule.


  • Supporting Safer Healthcare

    February 11, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I agree about the career spa idea – amazing how a good professional conference can reinvigorate your spirit.

    Now as for the nurse helping the doctor put on his lab coat – why wouldn’t you help? Sometimes we get so caught up in not allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of, that we miss opportunities to be kind and helpful.

    I bet you’re much kinder than you let on Nurse Kim.

    Looking forward to next week’s Grand Rounds.

  • Doc Gurley

    February 11, 2009 at 8:27 am

    As a pregnant, exhausted resident, I was about as far from old Chuck Heston as a human could be (while sharing similar DNA) when I reached up to the top of an ER closet to get a folded blanket for a patient from a HUGE stack. We’ll shift to slow-mo here: as my arm went past my GInormous “waist,” the strap caught the tie on my scrubs, undoing it (it’s weighted down with three pagers), my hand (cluelessly) kept going and yanked a blanket, whereupon the giant tower of blankets above my head AND my pants both accelerated for the floor! In the middle of the ER, arms above me to brace the toppling tower, I felt the wind on my oh-so-cottage-cheesy thighs. That’s when one of the world’s best nurses, with a reaction time that makes Usain Bolt look slow, grabbed my pants from behind and gave them a heave up. I’m pretty sure wrapping your arms around a big belly and tying someone’s scrub pants is NOT in the job description, but no one could have been more grateful than I was!

  • Nurse Ausmed

    February 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out which Heston movie that scene is in, but am drawing a blank. Whoever the actress in the cap is, she’s a stunner!

    I don’t suppose we’ll ever see footage of the epic haircut fail, but still: my commiserations 🙂

  • Candy

    February 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    After spending 4 days with you, I have to disagree about the haircut fail. You woke up with perfect hair EVERY DAY! It’s sassy (like you), modern (ditto) and very flattering!

  • Donna Kistler

    February 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I am very pleased to read your blog on ACNL and as a new member I welcome you and if I can help in any way please let me know. Please get involved and enjoy the journey!
    Donna Kistler 2008 ACNL President

  • Jeff Long

    February 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    It is interesting to see things from the management side. Thanks for the post.

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