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A MESSAGE FROM AHE’S EDUCATION MANAGER
NETWORKING: AN ESSENTIAL TOOL
uoting an ancient but still timely proverb, Greg
May, CHESP, an AHE board member, recently suggested that “iron sharpens iron.” Over the last several weeks I have been reflecting on the truths of
that comment, noting in particular its applicability
to networking. Interestingly enough, when broken
down to its bare components, you’ll discover that networking is
actually a type of informal learning.
It’s true that a great deal of learning is formal. Programs
such as online instruction, webinars, and virtual events are formal and over time help learners build skills and knowledge. But
informal learning, such as networking, helps build skills and knowledge very quickly and also offers a number of other benefits
• Information. When you network you are almost guaranteed
to gain new information about topics most important to you,
such as staffing and productivity, for example. Other examples might include HCAHPS, infection prevention, technology
advancements or just healthcare in general. In addition, you’ll
learn new and emerging ideas and innovations, industry tips,
and insider trends.
• Power. The more knowledgeable you are the more power you
have. Networking helps you expand your knowledge and puts
you in the position to help others. With the right knowledge you
can safeguard your job and make yourself virtually ‘unfire-able’
in tough economic times.
A strong correlation exists between networking, learning, and
successful leadership. Why? Because iron sharpens iron. There
is mutual benefit in the rubbing together of two iron blades...
the edges become sharper making the blades more efficient in
cutting and slicing. Likewise through networking, professionals
can sharpen one another—especially in terms of sharing information, exchanging ideas, building knowledge, and through
other interactions as well. By networking, you contribute to your
peers’ learning and they contribute to yours. You help make them
stronger and more knowledgeable and they, in turn, do the same
for you. This of course makes each person a stronger, better, and
more effective leader.
I encourage each of us to begin to network more. You may be
surprised to learn that networking opportunities abound. Try getting connected to others in EVS and healthcare through MyAHE,
an active and thriving community of EVS professionals. There,
you’ll always find informative discussions and posts that you can
contribute to. Also offering excellent networking opportunities
is LinkedIn. It’s very easy to join LinkedIn and begin participating
in industry-relevant discussions.
A strong correlation exists
between networking, learning,
and successful leadership. Why?
Because iron sharpens iron.
And of course the premier learning event for EVS professionals is EXCHANGE, which provides ample networking opportunities. In fact, networking is a huge part of EXCHANGE 2013.
EXCHANGE provides the best venue to address workplace issues
and challenges, share best practices, and put things in motion
to further develop and enrich your career. There is great value in
learning from your peers and also from sharing your knowledge
with them. So go ahead, network... and sharpen some iron in
Sandra Rials, MS
Association for the Healthcare Environment
AHE is the professional organization of choice for 2,000
directors and managers caring for the patient and resident
care environment across all care settings.
AHE represents, defines, and advances the professionals
responsible for care of the healthcare environment to ensure
quality outcomes and healthy communities.
• Mission: To ensure all healthcare environments contribute
to quality outcomes and healthy communities.
• Vision: To be the global authority on caring for the healthcare
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Explore - Fall 2013
A Message from AHE’S Education Manager
Heart of Healthcare Awards
Drugs and the DEA
OSHA HazCom and GHS
Sustainability and Compliance
Finding Your Road to Sustainability
AHE News & Updates
Explore - Fall 2013