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.
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.
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!