The Nurses Coach [TM] - Newsletter/Journal/Magazine Also Known as The Nurse Coach
March - April 2000
Editor & Publisher: Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd, Ph.D.,RN., The Nurses Coach


Greetings again!  Your March - April 2000 edition of The Nurses Coach - Newsletter/Magazine/Journal is ready.  With each issue, we are being ranked higher and higher as the best in nursing success and survival tactics. 

Content this month has expanded to bring you up to the minute information to facilitate your personal and professional success in a multiplicity of areas.

This edition covers the following data:

2000, Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd, The Nurse Coach , NCEHS, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy #108 PMB 615 San Antonio, TX 78231, O=3D210-698-8700, F=3D210-698-8701

Sponsor: Nursing, Consultant, Educational and Health Services (NCEHS)

Taking Back Your Time

I have to tell you I just listened to an audiotape I authored called Taking Back Your Time.  It was "awesome", "on target", and full of my own best 65 tips for getting your life back.  I am going to share a few ideas here from that tape.  You just have to get a few of these thoughts operational everyday in your life.  People often marvel at how many things I can get done in any given period.  As a result sometime ago, I wrote down my best tips for doing this in a guidebook called Life, Time and Self Management.  I also produced this audiotape.   I am amazed myself at what can happen to our lives, creativity, success, momentum, work and home life when we re-capture our time.  I listened to this tape and re-read my own guidebook just to re-capture more success for me, my family, and my business.   Here are a few things from these two educational materials that you might find useful.  They are not new, we just need to use them.  They are capable of giving back some of your time to you.

I think it should be you.  Do you often say or think I am not in control of my life?  How can you tell?  Ask yourself right now, do I have the time I deserve just for myself?  When is the last time I took time just for me to think, pray, rest, create, vacation, play, goof off, see a friend, spend time with a loved one, etc., etc.?

If your answer wasn't what you wanted it to be - do study how to go about taking back your time or handling better your life, time and self-management.  I really was into this for myself recently because there were a few more things I wanted to create for the world.  I used my re-study to write several new quick and easy to read guidebooks called "Joy Comes In The Morning When...", "Troubles Don't Last Always", an "Because of You In My Life."  Creating these helpful guides made me feel great.  What have you been wanting  to do for yourself or others?   Why aren't you doing them?  Do you find the time to send thank you notes, a get well card, to call and mentor, support and/or encourage?  If not, why not?   Time is available for me to do it, so I stay on top of finding it.  I write in several publications monthly.  Why?  I believe I have been given a mission to share.  I also believe we have each been given one.  What is yours?  Are you finding the time to give it back to your personal and professional world. In other words are you doing first things first?  I hope so - if not - set out on the journey I try to take each and every day of my life - to make a positive difference.   Remember you can only do that if you focus on Taking Back Your Time and assuring that you are in control of your own life, time and self-management. 

Ask yourself if I died today, would I have completed what I was sent here to do?  Oh, you say I am not sure I know what I was sent here to do - then you and I know that you have not spent the time to know who you really are, what you are really about and more importantly where you are trying to go.  I know for sure I am right on this.  I believe that you need to do what I keep trying to do.  Spend my time on first things first.  You will know when you have done this if you haven't already because you will be so happy in what you are doing, you can't stand it!!!

So, if you want to be even more successful in your personal and professional world, focus now on Taking Back Your Time and on Life, Time, and Self Management.  It will do your heart, mind, work, family, friends and soul good!!


Frustrated by your money situation?  Write down and answer for yourself these quick questions.  How much money is enough for me?  Where do I make most of my money mistakes?  What are 10 things I can do right now that will have a long range impact on my available money if I follow through and do them?  Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

  1. Develop a realistic budget and use it

  2. Buy nothing that is not written down in advance on a purchase list when you go into any type of store.

  3. Find 2 people who are in your world who handle money well and ask them to share their best money management tips with you and/or to brainstorm on this with you.

  4. Buy all items you can on special and

  5. Read the guidebook, Financial Success Ain't Going To Come Just Because You Want It, available at with a 25% discount to 4/15/00 or buy another such guide from a local bookstore.  If you are spending money on others, get them the guidebook and require them to use it as well.

Do You Have All The Money You Need?
If you don't have all the money your need or want, consider doing the following:

Thinking Out Of The Box

Want to be a great success at home and at work and/or in the community?  Get smart.  Challenge your head.  Think deep focused thoughts.  Get some mind share buddies and use each other with depth for growth.  Reach back into yourself for your best creativity.  To think out of the box for every issue, problem or concern you have, look deep for solutions.  One simplistic way to do this is to write down no less than 20 solutions, actions, and/or behaviors for any tough issue for which you need to find resolution.  Don't stop at 5-6 as most of us do.  The deeper you think, the more success you can expect.  Know how this works for you.  It works great for me each and every time.

Conflict Resolution

Experiencing a lot of conflict?  Look at your ego and that of those around you.   Write down what causes the conflict in which you find yourself (age, race, religion, gender, politics, variant goals, etc.)  Ask yourself what are 10 ways I can avoid conflict?  Some answers might be:

  1. Actively listen
  2. Be hesitant about giving unasked for advice
  3. Employ empathy
  4. Ask the person "What can I do to fix this problem?" versus "You need to fix this problem."
  5. Study conflict resolution via a tape such as Managing Difficult People, Conflict and Situations available at www.DrGloriaJoFloyd/audiovis.htm
  6. Think before you speak
  7. Make love not war a part of your daily life
  8. Listen deeply to what those who you are in conflict with are trying to tell you.
  9. Don't believe easily that everyone else is wrong and you are right.  That usually isn't what is really happening and
  10. Go to to get even more help if needed on handling conflict, difficult people and situations more powerfully.  If you listen to these thoughts, you are guaranteed to decrease conflict in your life.

Great Websites

May I highly recommend for all your shopping needs that you consider going to the nursing and nurses shopping mall for educational materials, newsletters, discussion groups, organizations, associations, and related, by clicking on my site 24/7/366 at   You will even find other shopping sites there.  For everything you need, go there ----anytime!!!!

Nursing and Nurses Tips

For the first time ever you can send me nursing and nurses tips for inclusion in The Nurses Coach.  Share tips on clinical practice, speaking/presenting, consultancy, business ownership, free stuff, advocacy, mentoring, counseling, writing, and related.   Include your name, city, state, and nursing tips anytime.  I will be sure you and your tip are put in print.  This is a great way for you to share tips that may help save a life, encourage a nurse, energize someone and related.  If you want me to include your email address so you can get feedback just let me know.  Send these to under the subject Nursing and Nurses Tips.

Nurses of Distinction

Nurses throughout the USA/World are still being sought for inclusion in the Millennium Edition of Nurses of Distinction.  Click here to nominate a nurse at .   Nurses should be nominated for contributions at the city, county, state, national and international level.   Contributions may be from any area of nursing, including clinical practice, administration, education, authorship, consultancy, mentorship, business ownership and related.  Stop right now and click the link above to nominate a great nurse that you know.  I believe we do not do enough patting on the back of each other.

Nursing Summit 2000, Lyceum and Think Tank To Be Held

A phenomenal event is scheduled for May 23-24, 2000 in San Antonio, Texas and YOU are invited.  A great line up of speakers from a variety of areas (administration, public speaking, clinical practice, consultancy, theater, etc.) will participate. These outstanding leaders will help you to take a visionary look at nursing in this millennium. The Think Tank will focus on three areas:

Other great focuses of the Lyceum will include web technology, nursing/clinical parameters of care, executive leadership and followship, how to get rich in nursing and related.

Come give yourself a break.  Have fun, learn a lot, network and get the best directions for nursing and nurses for this millennium.  Fly Southwest Airlines or go to for the best ticket value now.  The Millennium Edition, Nurses of Distinction will be acknowledged during this Summit.  Click here to get more data now.   See you there!!!

Do You Know A Great Entrepreneur or Person

Nominate a great entrepreneur or person to be included in the Millennium Edition of Entrepreneurs or Persons of Distinction.  Self nominations are also considered.

Thought For the Month

"You Can't Make No Difference If You Don't Be Trying...." Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd


For upcoming workshops, see the following sites: or or click one of the links below:

Secretary/Ward Clerk Problems

If you or the organization's secretary, office manager, ward clerks and related are having problems with...

  1. Being professional

  2. Maintaining confidentiality

  3. Telephone skills

  4. Public/Client relations

  5. Technology

  6. Coming into new decade

  7. Following orders

  8. Communications and related might want to have them attend from the comfort of their office or home a teleseminar over the telephone on Monday January  25, 2011 from 4:30pm - 5:30 pm (Central Time)   To register for the 29 available slots at $19 each to 1/16/2011, please request information at or register at   Registration will be $29 after 1/16/10.  This is a not to be missed program.   Dr. Floyd  is always rated "excellent", "great", "full of facts", "funny", "down to earth", etc. by her program participants.  Get your staff on the phone to have a group give and take, and great content - live during this telephone seminar.

Spiritual Reflections

Do you believe that your spiritual focus can effect your personal and professional life?  Most of us do.  Therefore, it is imperative that you focus daily on this area.  Who are you?  What do you believe?  What are your values?  What are you here to do?  How should you treat others? How do you want to be treated?  What does spirituality mean to you?  Do you know how to meet the spiritual needs of your patients?, clients?, staff?, co-workers?, peers?, family?, your own?  If not, what better time to get in touch with this component of your life.   See some great poems, sign up as a prayer warrior or share a prayer request by clicking one of these links.

Your Own Happiness Plan

How long has it been since you thought about yourself?  Are you happy?  If not, do you know what you need to make yourself happy?  Consider developing your own happiness plan by writing down these things:

Focusing on these basics can lead to more happiness for you and ultimately your loved ones.  Remember, you get the answer by actually addressing each question specifically, right here, right now.  Do not delay!  Happy Happiness Planning to You!!

Tell Us What You Want / Sound Off / Editorialize

What additions would you like to see to this e-journal/magazine/newsletter?  Email us your suggestions, comments and questions to

I have asked you to sound off to me and you have.  See what Parish Nurse Consultant, Judy Love as had to say below.  You can also Sound Off to me by using that subject to

My suggestion is that EVERY nurse have a copy of his/her Nurse Practice Act from the state in which they practice.  These are easily available by contacting the State Regulatory or Licensing Board from which we obtain our licenses.   Then, I suggest reading carefully the definition of Nursing as described within the act.  Think about, and take pride in, the independent practice of nursing.  In our act, in Colorado, the six roles of the "practice of professional nursing" contain five roles completely independent to nursing, and one role as "executing delegated medical functions".  These definitions were fought for in states across the country by nursing leaders wise enough to know that nursing is not a delegated function.  We are, indeed, independent evaluators of health status; collectors of health data; health teachers; health counselors; providers of therapy and treatment supportive and restorative to life and well being; referrers to medical and community agencies and reviewers and monitors of therapy and treatment plans.  This means that we are INVALUABLE to our individual patient/clients.  We are bridges between the patient/client and the health care system.  If we want to be that is.  If we have the courage to be, that is.  Sometimes it is easier to hide behind our dissatisfactions with the system in which we work.  But before we can practice the fullest art of nursing, we have got to know; Who We Are.  Dust off the nurse practice act, and be Proud!

Judy Loveas, RN, MSN
Parish Nurse Consultant

Thanks Judy - It seems that you and I are preaching the same messages!
Jo Floyd

Positives About Nursing

I am pleased to share 10 positives about nursing coming from Beth Stover, RN from Forest Hill, MD.  It is so easy to forget the positives.  Thanks Beth for sharing some of those.  Nursing allows us to experience according to Beth:

  1. A wide, wide range of specialties and subspecialties

  2. Flexible hours and scheduling options

  3. The ability to travel to many, many places

  4. Respect and appreciation from our patients

  5. Continuing education which is readily available

  6. Rarely a boring moment

  7. The ability to interact with people from all walks of life

  8. The ability to witness the miracles of life and death

  9. Various levels of achievement to meet each person's desires & abilities and

  10. The ability to teach others while learning ourselves

Beth Stover, RN
Forest Hill, MD

Here are 10 more positives shared with us by Cyndi Cramer, BA, RN, OCN of Florida.  Cyndi notes that nursing allows the following:

  1. Flexibility - you can work whatever hours you need (M-F, 8 hr days or doubles on the weekends for example)

  2. You can always get work - even if it's not your "ideal" job.   You can always get a job.

  3. You can go in so many different directions --never see a pt again with managed care, stay at the bedside in a wide variety of areas, go to school and become a nurse practitioner, psych nurse, home health nurse, doctor's office nurse, sales person - the list is endless!

  4. You can go out and get a job that pays decently and may even help you go on for more education after a 9 month LPN/LVN -Tech or Associate Degree for an RN.

  5. In my state of Florida - 9 times out of 10 you will make more than your husband/spouse!

  6. Even though the pay isn't what it should be for what we do -- it's still decent (We've come a long way.  I started out at $6/hour in 1980.

  7. We can work all the extra hours that we need (which is a mixed blessing since many of us work "too much") - but many other people don't have that option with their jobs

  8. If you're flexible and not afraid - the sky's the limit.  You can constantly try new things and never should be bored.  (in my 20 years in nursing I've done all areas of bedside nursing in the hospital (adult pediatric, neonatal, acute and ICU), home health, education, a little management, and now am trying my hand as an entrepreneur!

  9. You get to work with a great group of people (and if you aren't - change jobs - there are a lot of places with wonderful "teams" of nurses working together and supporting each other).  You also get to share your ideas and dreams with like-minded people; join an organization and see how neat it is to attend a national convention with 5,000 other nurses who believe in the same things like I did last May in Atlanta with ONS (Oncology Nursing Society).

  10. You make a difference in peoples lives.  It doesn't matter if you agree with the hospital, doctors, treatments, decisions, etc.  Because you were there, that patient and/or family had a better 8 or 12 hours!

Cyndi Cramer, BA, RN, OCN & Pediatric Educator

Thanks Cyndi for these great remembers......!

Great Nurses Are...

Lynn Odel-Holzer says that Great Nurses Are...

  1. Persistent in their vision of good care for their patients

  2. Interested in continual learning

  3. Other-centered (shown by trying to look at the world through their patients' eyes)

  4. Hopeful and proactive, even when things are tough

  5. Constantly cultivating a positive outlook - that glass is really half full, after all!!

Lynn hails from Liverpool, New York and replied to my request to tell me what makes a great nurse.  You can reach her at  We were proud to select her thoughts for inclusion in this month's, The Nurses Coach.

Great Nurses are also in my opinion - and you know I always have one - the best in caring, sharing, giving, helping, serving, etc.

From Beth we hear that great nurses are:

Beth Stover

I agree wholeheartedly.  Nurses are magnificent!!

Our guidebook on Great Nurses is a great way to live as a nurse on a day to day basis.  Take time and read it sometime so that you can be the very best in everything you do.

As a great nurse reading this section, be someone's true peer today by forwarding on to them a copy of this month's, The Nurses Coach.

Classified Ads / Sponsors

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Group Coaching Telephone Sessions

Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd will hold live interactive group telephone coaching sessions on January 25-29, 2011.  Tune in by registering for these slots at

Click here now before the slots are taken.  Register for one or more!   All times are Central Standard Time. 

Want Ads / Business Promotions / Stuff For Sale

Have something you want to share, sale or promote, do so here - $23.00 per three line ad plus your name and contact data may be posted in this newsletter section for one or more issues.  Must be for something that benefits or provides a need to nurses or nursing.  Email info, credit card data, name and contact to with subject line reading:  Want Ad Placement 

Free Stuff For Nurses and Nursing

Have you got something every nurse would want to have and you are giving it away for free, let us help you.  Or, do you know about something others are giving away free that we all need to know about, send me a note about it care of with the subject of:  Free Stuff For Nurses and I will share the data needed to secure the free item(s).       


The following teleseminars/teleclasses are available for you at home or in your office.  Most are geared to energize some component of your personal or professional lives.  Topics available may be accessed by clicking to review the ones of your choice.  This is a live class taken by telephone.  All you need is a telephone to call from.  You will hear the speaker and the speaker can hear you.   No travel.  No hotel.  Just great education!!

...And many more coming your way monthly.  Let us know any program you want to hear and we will schedule the best speakers and times.  Send your suggestions to .  To see complete data on these teleseminars just click on any of the links above.

Domain Names On The World Wide Web

Are you or your organization out front sharing who you are and what you do on your own world wide web (information superhighway)?  If not, it may be time.   Who knows, you may be a giant in your work but no one knows

Get out there and be seen!!  Click here to see how easy it is to get your own www domain name. You can check for name availability, costs, etc. You can have the name you want registered in minutes.

You can even learn more about web marketing and promotion for the less than technical giant in an upcoming course on this very topic.  E-mail us at to request the flyer or just go to our continuing education courses and teleseminar/teleclasses at

For Your Information

Please be advised that Chicken Soup For The Nurse's Soul is collecting stories to uplift and inspire nurses.  To get details see or to email stories, send them to

Monthly Free Prize Drawing Winner Announced
How You Can Also Win $500 In Educational Materials!!

Our monthly drawing winner is Robin Hertel of Hays, KS.  Robin won the audiotape, "Taking Back Your Time".  Keep an eye on your mail, Robin!  For the rest of you, sign up as Robin did for the monthly drawing.   

While at our site, you can also sign up to win $500 in educational materials to be given away in a drawing in honor of the upcoming nurses week in May.   The drawing will be 5/23/00.     AG00110_.gif (1686 bytes)


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