The Nurses Coach [TM] Newsletter/Journal/Magazine
January - February 2002
Editor: Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd, Ph.D., RN, The Nurses Coach
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The Nurses Coach Journal, Magazine and Newsletter is devoted to the nurse and his/her team at home and at work. In these issues you will be entertained and assisted to function more efficiently in your personal and professional lives. Nationally known, seasoned, doctorally prepared nurse, Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd (Ph.D., RN) is the Editor and Publisher. This e-magazine, journal and newsletter is provided due to numerous requests to NCEHS to have Dr. Floyd to share more globally her coaching tips. Floyd has gone a step further and will assure monthly that everything you need to know is available to you and your team to enhance your personal and professional growth. This newsletter has numerous focuses and data from a variety of sources to keep you on the right track for educational, clinical, entrepreneurial, consultant and/or administrative success. Tell us what you want and we will send it your way. We promise to give you the data you need to have great tips for health, wealth and happiness, as well.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
What I Heard Recently from Dr. Bertice Berry ... That I would like to share with you...
Recently I listened to Dr. Berry, a nationally renowned author and former talk show host in a conference. She stood the audience on its head. How? She gave them a new way; I believe to look at old things.
The thoughts I heard included the ones below. I think these are thoughtful places we should ponder. And as you read each, I would like for you to consider each and write one application to your own life. Ask yourself questions like: How does the thought fit? What application does it have to my own life? How can I grow and succeed with it?
*If people are willing to die for what they believe we should be willing to live for what we believe
...Reminder from Dr. Floyd: What do you believe? That's a great start.
*Purpose is important
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Do you know what your purpose is?
*With God you get to be specific
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Do you have a relationship with God?
*Love has nothing to do with what I get but with what I have to live
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Just how are you living your love?
*I am not going to victimize others with my problems
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: We all need to work on this more!
*Look back and be sure you are not causing collisions
...Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Consider developing a collision avoidance plan
*You can't go forth without looking back
...Reminder from Dr. Floyd: What have you learned from your past?
*Dwell on the beauty of your future
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Think of how to use what is past to grow your future
*We didn't make it on our own
....Reminder from Dr. Floyd: Stop and say thank you whenever you should.
Cool thoughts! Roll into this Year with your life primed for excellence and success at the level you can craft it. In other words be the best "you" possible!
By Dr. Gloria Jo Floyd (Ph.D., RN)
You might be pleased to know that one of my little booklets: 102 Strategies for Protecting Yourself Against Medical, Legal and Risk Liability is zipping along year after year as a favorite of our nurses and health care providers. It really is simplistic stuff that keeps you out of trouble year after year. Learn more about the booklet by visiting http://www.ncehs.com/audiovis.htm
A couple of simplistic tips include to:
**Practice in Accord with standards of practice daily
**Plan for the unexpected proactively versus reactively
**Weed out incompetent, careless, apathetic workers who don't or won't improve
**Don't promise patients, families and staff things that you don't or cannot deliver, and
**Remember that if you didn't document it, it will be hard to prove you did it.
Learn more about this guidebook at http:/www.ncehs.com/audiovis.htm
By Dr. Gloria Jo Floyd
Look, I harp on you Taking Back Your Time because you can't be all you are supposed to be unless you have time to be your best. Taking back your time just requires you to get real serious about how you are going to do that.
I think I am a great time user. How do I know? I get a lot of wonderful things done - that I enjoy - that I make money at - that people rave about! Many of us are great at this but we can all do it better. One thing that helps me a lot is focusing to take back my time. In other words being sure my taking back my time philosophy is great -- everyday. Are you doing that? If not -- isn't it unfair for you to gripe about not having time if you are not doing anything to fix the problem?
Here are two quick reference sources you can use to Take Back Your Time:
Guidebook: Life, Time and Self-Management
Audiotape: Taking Back Your Time
See more data on how you can access these by visiting http://www.ncehs.com/audiovis.htm. and take 30% off if you order both courtesy of Ask Dr. Jo (tm). Just add that co-sponsor name on the order form.
By Dr. Catherine Maloof - Guest Columnist
HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED??
The events of September 11th made me stop and think of so many things. I also took a good look at me. Am I living my best life? Am I giving the right messages? Fulfilling the right mission? What is important in life? As you can imagine, people's priorities changed dramatically, we saw people in a city unite, where normally a simple hello would be rare. Why did it take such a horrible tragedy for us to be human again, to show each other that we care, to pull together as a team, to unite as a country?
The words "I care" and "I love you" were all part of the conversations in the days that followed. Let us not forget as we move forward to continue to make each day count. My suggestion is to always have a note pad and pen with you and write at least one positive note per day, to someone at work, your loved ones, or a complete stranger who needs a boost. Trust me, people cherish the written word. Negative folks need positive strokes!! We all want someone to let us know when we are doing something right. Generally when we do something wrong it is always acknowledged.
Let's bring people up instead of down. How people treat me is their path, how I react is mine. It's not about other people, it's about you. Love others regardless!!! My lesson to you is to never hold grudges because it only hurts you, instead forgive and send love and it will come back to you. How do I want to be remembered? As a person who made a difference in someone's life everyday, who loved others, never stopped learning and progressing, and always took the time to listen to others. Those are goals that I strive for and I continue to thank God everyday for the many blessings he has bestowed upon me. I believe everyday I get one step closer to my mission to "Heal the Planet".
So I ask you the question: How do you want to be remembered? Live Accordingly!!!
Many Blessings to you in 2011,
Dr. Catherine L. Maloof
Please forward this message to your family and friends, let's help unite our families!
"Healing The Planet One Spine At A Time Since 1989"
Dr. Catherine Maloof
23166 Los Alisos Suite 114
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
And when you finish reading this send it on to someone you care about or that you know can stand a little spirit boosting today. We don't do enough of that.
From Dr. Floyd: You could be featured here next month. Send me your words up to 300 on any topic anytime.
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If your entrepreneurial spirit is calling -- embrace the call. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone but it might be for you. There are a lot of statewide resources you can call upon or visit to learn more. See the web site for the Small Business Administration. It is a great resource for lots of basic courses, loans, mentors, pamphlets, etc to help you whether new to business or an old hat.
**Join your local Chamber of Commerce. Get active and get involved.
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**Join an affiliate program if you don't have Internet business ideas of your own. Just look for affiliate programs on the Internet.
"How to be A Successful Speaker, Consultant, or Business Owner in Your Own Field" is a program we offer. Email us email@example.com for all the details. And if you need such a course in your area, let us know. This will be a great weekend course to get "Entrepreneurial"!
Guys I believe entrepreneurship even passively done is better than working for someone else any day. I think everyone should try it at least one time. A hot new place just waiting for your expertise and your business success is the World Wide Web. Trust me, it is a lazy person's way to get ahead. It is easy. It is fun. And all it takes is vision and desire. Let me suggest that you check out some easy places where you could learn more about how to do e-commerce with the best. Let me refer you to a great site that can help you with several things:
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You've probably seen a lot of these before, but I think they're still funny!
Actual Notes on Medical Charts
1. She has no rigors or shaking chills , but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
2. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
3. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
4. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
5. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
6. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
7. Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
8. The patient refused autopsy.
9. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
10. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
11. Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40-pound
weight gain in the
12. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
13. She is numb from her toes down.
14. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.
15. The skin was moist and dry.
16. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
17. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
18. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
19. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
20. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
21. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
22. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
23. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
24. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.
25. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
26. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.
27. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
28. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.
29. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
Watch our website at www.ncehs.com and visit the Upcoming continuing education courses page to find out what we will be offering in the 2008!
Is there something in your professional/work life that is driving your crazy? Getting your dander up? A travesty? A phenomenal thought? Etc. And now, you want to sound off about it? If so, email me at TheNursesCoach@ncehs.com. I would like to hear what you have to say.
If you are sitting at home thinking "I sure would like to have Dr. Floyd around to lead me through my current situation." Just remember that Dr. Floyd is available to nurses and healthcare providers, as individuals, 24/7/365 for one or more hours of coaching/consultation. This is a service provided by NCEHS and is priced so that any nurse or healthcare provider can access this resource. You do not have to tackle big problems alone. Just call 210-698-8700 to set up one or more hours to dialogue with Dr. Floyd any day of the week. You will be surprised at the affordability of this service. It is partially underwritten by NCEHS as a service to our readers not organizations. Just call now 210-698-8700 and you could speak to Dr. Floyd today!!
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Is your office, unit, program or service, constantly in some kind of crisis? If so, please note that you can keep Dr. Floyd on retainer at all times so that she can be available to your office 24/7/365. Dr. Floyd speaks and consults to hospitals, long-term care facilities, associations, home health agencies, churches, voluntary agencies, and related organizations and has done so for innumerable years. She can do the same for your organization in the areas of:
**Avoiding Medical Legal Liability
**Easy Steps for agency-wide accreditation/Licensure Compliance
**Documenting Patient Care Legally and Effectively
**The Plan of Care Wrap: Assessment, Documentation and Care Planning Mandates
**Maximizing Care, Service and Reimbursement
**New Program Development
**Marketing, Promotion and Client Procurement Strategies and Techniques
**Internet Marketing and Promotion
Thus if you would like to have Dr. Floyd on ongoing retainer to your organization give us a call at 210-698-8700. We have a variety of options available for you. The hour(s) of availability are by telephone. You may set up as many minutes or hours of consultation as you desire on a monthly, one time or ongoing basis. This is one on one or by a group call or whatever you desire, available 24/7/365. It is designed for organizations. For more data call 210-698-8700.
Happiness Is A Pair of Shorts
Life! What a precious gift from God. What a blessing to be alive in a wonderful, vibrant world of unlimited possibilities. Then, adversity strikes, and this "gift" feels more like a curse. "Why? Why me?" we ask. Yet we never get an answer, or do we? After contracting Hodgkin's disease at age seven and being given six months to live, I triumphed over the odds. Call it luck, hope, faith or courage, there are thousands of survivors! Winners like us know the answer - "Why not us? We can handle it!" I'm not dying of cancer. I'm living with cancer. God doesn't make junk, regardless of what comes our way, and I don't have to be afraid anymore.
In my sophomore year of high school, the class was scheduled to run the mile. I will always remember that day because due to the swelling and scars from surgery on my leg, for two solid years I had not worn shorts. I was afraid of the teasing. So, for two years I lived in fear. Yet that day, it didn't matter. I was ready - shorts, heart and mind. I no sooner got to the starting line before I heard the loud whispers. "Gross!" "How fat!" "How ugly!" I blocked it out. Then the coach yelled, "Ready. Set. Go!" I jetted out of there like an airplane, faster than anyone for the first 20 feet. I didn't know much about pacing then, but it was okay because I was determined to finish first. As we came around the first of four laps, there were students all over the track. By the end of the second lap, many of the students had already quit. They had given up and were on the ground gasping for air. As I started the third lap, only a few of my classmates were left on the track, and I began limping. By the time I hit the fourth lap, I was alone. Then it hit me. I realized that nobody had given up. Instead, everyone had already finished. As I ran that last lap, I cried. I realized that every boy and girl in my class had beaten me, and 12 minutes, 42 seconds after starting, I crossed the finish line. I fell to the ground and shed oceans. I was so embarrassed.
Suddenly my coach ran up to me and picked me up, yelling, "You did it. Manuel! Manuel, you finished, son. You finished!" He looked me straight in the eye waving a piece of paper in his hand. It was my goal for the day, which I had forgotten. I had given it to him before class. He read it aloud to everyone. It simply said, "I Manuel Diotte, will finish the mile run tomorrow, come what may. No pain or frustration will stop me. For I am more than capable of finishing, and with God as my strength, I will finish." Signed, Manuel Diotte - with a little smiling face inside the D, as I always sign my name. My heart lifted. My tears went away, and I had a smile on my face as if I had eaten a banana sideways. My classmates applauded and gave me my first standing ovation. It was then I realized winning isn't always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.
Manuel Diotte is a professional speaker and author, you may find out more information by visiting www.manueldiotte.com.
Article by Guest Author - Laura Lagana, RN -
6 Revival Tips for the Weary Nurse
TIP #1: NURTURE --
Acknowledge the value of your own good health and well-being. Get a massage, go to a spa . . . Learn how to say "NO!" with feeling and finesse! Example: Your daughter's homeroom mother calls you and asks, "Can you bring 4 dozen cupcakes to our 'Soiree' next Thursday?" Your tactful response: "I'm delighted you thought of me, Barb. I can't help out this time."
TIP #2: UNDERSTAND --
Get in touch with yourself. Assess your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Explore untapped talents. Pursue hobbies you've been putting off. Time is precious -- spend it wisely. Relish the precious present!
TIP #3: REFRAME --
Transform "negatives" into "positives." Seek the silver lining. Several years ago, my husband, focused on manuscript deadlines and clients, fell off his ladder while performing home maintenance. He initially thought the world had come to an end. After an ORIF of his left distal radius and ulna, he reframed the incident. Tom's convalescence was a blessing that expedited his book's publication.
TIP #4: SWITCH OFF --
Disconnect from work and tune-in to personal/family time. You'll perform better in both worlds. Reaffirm your treasures. As you drive home from work, say loudly, "I'm thankful I have a car. I'm grateful I can see
. . . " It's hard to feel "bad" when you focus on the "good."
TIP #5: EVALUATE --
List personal and professional S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Activated, Realistic and Time-framed). Unless they are written and reviewed regularly they remain only dreams and wishes.
TIP #6: ENERGIZE --
Recharge your batteries: exercise, relax, meditate . . . Remember the carefree feeling of childhood? Awaken that free-spirit. Consume nourishing, nutritious foods in moderate portions. If you skip meals you're apt to cave-in and gorge yourself on "wicked edibles."
Health, Happiness, Success!
Laura Lagana, RN is a professional speaker, registered nurse, author/editor "Touched by Angels of Mercy," co-author "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul" and frequent contributor to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. Success Solutions, P.O. Box 7816, Wilmington, DE 19803; Website: http://www.LauraLagana.com. Copyright (c)2002. Laura Lagana, RN.
Barbara Gould RN MS CEN of Long Island, NY recently shared about a project of the American School Health Association in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses National Association of State School Nurse Consultants. She noted that when studying how to protect confidential student health information that she found the data outlined in the booklet, Guidelines for Protecting School Health Information from the above noted organizations most helpful. The later booklet can be ordered from the ASHA at 7263 State Route 43, Box 708, Kent, OH 44240 or go to www.asha.org.
Don't forget to visit our sponsor www.ncehs.com and visit the Continuing Education Courses page to find out more about two outstanding and informative programs that are upcoming! The two programs are:
(1) Legal and Documentation Issues and Mandates for School Nurses in 2002 is being offered in the following states: Louisiana, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Idaho, North Dakota and Oregon. see http://www.ncehs.com/curcours.htm and
(2) The Annual Fiesta School Nurse Conference and Retreat being held during Fiesta Week in beautiful San Antonio, Texas downtown on the River Walk. visit http://www.ncehs.com to learn more
There are several outstanding programs for Home Health Care Nurses, Directors, Administrators, Office Managers, Home Health Aides and Business/Financial Managers Upcoming. Some of the titles are:
** The Annual Fiesta Conference & Retreat On Home Health Care
**Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement 2002
**Marketing and Business Promotion Strategies for Home Care Agencies
**The Critical Compliance Role of The RN and LVN As A Skilled Visit Nurse In Home Care
**The Role of the Home Health Aide In Home Care
**The Role of the Office Manager/Secretary/Clerical Staff In Home Care
**How to Prepare For & Pass Your Next Home Care Agency Inspection & Comply with Current 2002 Standards visit www.ncehs.com to learn when and where!
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