Research indicates that every second of every day, an older adult around the world falls and sustains injury. In a care setting, a fall is even more so troublesome.
Suddenly the plane dropped and items went flying, including people. We heard the strange noise again and realized that this was not normal turbulence.
I shared with the charge nurse my inner joy about filling all our staffing holes completely. She looked at the schedule and mumbled, “Great — you have scheduled nothing but Refrigerator Nurses.”
In my last article, I shared with you the latest research on employee and leader engagement. Let’s now look at what leaders can do to improve engagement and help themselves become an engaged leader.
The first time I used the words “resilience” and “engagement” was with my leadership team at the time. I asked, “What can we do to advance engagement and help people to be more resilient?” Suddenly, everyone around the table had important emails to read on their phone.
What would our leadership look like if we thought that tomorrow would not come? If we ask ourselves that question, we immediately will reason there is a tomorrow. That is our challenge: We always give ourselves time. Time, in this case, is not our friend.
I was amazed how I lost 10 pounds while being in the hospital. I made a joke with a friend of mine who is a dietician about the “hospital diet.” She became very serious and stated, “You know we do more harm than good to our patients by the lack of attention to malnourishment.” In looking to the research, she is correct.
As a nursing leader, I rarely gave credence to branding and the value of a name, until I was sitting in a local coffee shop. I was interviewing for a new position at a nearby hospital in town when I observed an interesting group wearing branded clothing. Person after person saw the brand and came over to the group to mention how much their hospital meant to them.