Bold Voices - December 2011 - (Page 3)

Embrace Conflict. Really? We’ve seen it a hundred times when team members collide. Resulting plans are less robust, and outcomes are likely to suffer. A frequent solution is to squelch divergent opinions. But consider this one: What if differing perspectives became the goal instead of something to be avoided? Read more in my note on page 22. Mary Stahl AACN President here are needs and there are people who fill these needs. The needs are as vast and diverse as are the skills that humans possess to respond. How needs and skills match up is part organizations and part personal motivation. But one thing is certain, if you wish to be useful you can. Each of us possesses an ability that is needed by someone somewhere. To be useful adds value on both sides of the equation. It clearly benefits the individual in receipt but also is formative for the offerer, forming her as a human being. To possess skills and not share them is self-destructive. Holding back holds you back. Equally, the inability to utilize one’s skills for the productive benefit of others because individuals are unwilling to provide the opportunity is a frustration that rapidly leads to resentment and self-loathing. It is as important to be needed as it is important to be useful. Everyone’s work matters. Everyone’s job is worth doing well. Each person’s effort is as unique as each vision of the world, each touch, each thought, each deed. Each individual matters — from the first day of life to the last. Source: Magee, M. The Book of Choices. New York NY: Spencer Books; 2002; T Another Angle Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. —Horace Mann AACN BOLD VOICES DECEMBER 2011 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011