Bold Voices - August 2012 - (Page 22)

FROM THE PRESIDENT Kathryn Roberts To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. — Søren Kierkegaard ast month, I challenged us to name and share our “Dare To’s.” Have you named and shared yours? If you have, how’s it going? If you haven’t, why not? Too busy? Maybe you’ve had a tough time deciding or you’re even afraid to fail. A “Dare To” is both a dream and a goal. So every time we pursue one, we take a risk that identifies the gap between our current reality and the one we desire. If you were at NTI or listened to the webcast of our theme’s introduction, you know I dreamed of becoming a ballroom dancer. Yet it was more than a year before I had the courage to take my first lesson. Why? I was scared. Scared to go on my own. That I’d look foolish. That I couldn’t learn the steps. That I wouldn’t enjoy something I had dreamed of doing for so long. Our dance studio is at the top of a long fl ight of stairs. They looked abnormally steep that first night. It’s funny now when I think of how many times I’ve climbed them, because the studio has become one of my favorite places. What about you? What do you dream of accomplishing? Will it contribute to your personal well-being? Or will it enrich your professional career? In “Find Your Courage,” Margie Warrell suggests that “when you choose not to dream, you give up a unique opportunity … and you aim lower in life than you are worthy of.” By not dreaming, she says, you cheat everyone who could benefit from your courage to dream. It could be your patients and their families, your colleagues, your loved ones or yourself. Back to the dance studio, would it really have mattered if I didn’t climb the steps? I dreamed of a hobby, not a career. But I think it would have mattered because I would have cheated myself. Becoming a ballroom dancer benefits my health and well-being. The wonderful friendships and talented teachers continue to play a pivotal role in my own growth. All because, one evening, I mustered the courage to climb the studio steps. Every time I step onto the dance floor, I hear my instructor’s voice: “Look confident. Hold your head up high and smile. Make every step intentional, even your missteps.” Those words and actions cross over to everything else I do. They help me trust my instincts so I can step out of my comfort zone with a smile on my face and my head held high. (It came in handy when the teleprompter lost power during my NTI speech.) Dreams make life more exciting and fulfilling, even if they don’t come true as we imagined. It’s a worthwhile journey, if only because we discover our strength. Chasing a dream demands courage that we will only fi nd within ourselves. Others may support us, but only we can envision the dream itself. Dare to take a risk and believe in your dreams. I look forward to hearing about your journey at or L Dare to Dream 22 AUGUST 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
‘AACN CSI Academy’ National Leadership Program Launches
Canadian Dynamics 2012: ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’
Grana Padano May Lower Blood Pressure
New Medicare Patient Satisfaction Requirement Misses Mark, Nurse Argues
FDA, The Joint Commission Aim to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
Fast Food in Hospitals Counters Goal of Healthy Eating
New Federal Hospital Visitation Standards
Nurse Obesity Linked to Long Hours
First-Ever Nurses Float Joins the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade
AMA Urges Greater Focus on Ambulatory Patient Safety
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Increases Patient Survival
Older Patients' in ICU at High Risk for HAI
Tele-ICU Symposium Explores Leading-Edge Technology
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
Dare To
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
From the President

Bold Voices - August 2012