Bold Voices - August 2012 - (Page 3)

Dare to Dream What is the connection between ballroom dancing and a teleprompter’s power failure during a high-profi le presentation? Hint: They both involve daring to. Daring is about dreaming and, when you don’t dream, 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. Read more in my note on page 22. Kathryn Roberts AACN President he “bystander phenomenon” is well known experimentally in the field of social psychology. The number of spectators present at any incident seems to be important: The more witnesses to an event that invites intervention, the less likely people are to act. A kind of diffusion of responsibility apparently occurs that causes each person to assume that someone else will intervene. We all also depend on social cues to decide whether to do anything. If one is in a group witnessing an act of violence and no one else is interceding, we are less likely to take action individually. T Another Angle Whatever the explanation, our failure to help people in distress is a form of cowardice that ought to be addressed … Training programs are now being designed to alert people to the phenomenon that tends to freeze us when we are faced with circumstances in which another person is in danger. Although we cannot expect everyone to throw themselves in the path of an oncoming train to save a stranger, most situations requiring bystander intervention are physically less risky and more slowly developing, so we have time to consider whether to do something to stop what is happening … Most of the teaching that we provide our children on how to behave in the presence of strangers is cautionary and designed to keep them safe … Very little attention is given to how to confront situations in which a stranger needs help. These attitudes are the genesis for the reluctance of bystanders to get involved … When our capacity for empathy is breached, we become less attuned to the idea that any stranger in distress might be us or someone we love, so we turn away and go on with our lives. Our souls shrivel a little each time this happens. Source: Livingston, Gordon. The thing you think you cannot do. Boston: Da Capo Press; 2012; 175-177 To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. — Søren Kierkegaard AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2012 3

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