Bold Voices - March 2013 - (Page 34)

FROM THE PRESIDENT Kathryn Roberts W hen I introduced our Dare To theme, I talked about making our optimal contribution — to our patients, their families, our teams and especially to ourselves. As you read this, we’re hopefully ending one of the most challenging flu seasons in recent times. I know it touched all of us in some way as we cared for patients, loved ones and friends. But how well did we care for ourselves, especially if we were unfortunate enough to become sick? Dare to Make It ‘All About Me’ Do something today that your future self will thank you for. — Anonymous 34 MARCH 2013 Spring is just around the corner. It really is! And it brings its welcome annual reminder of new beginnings, new growth and new energy. What better time to look inward and consider how we can best make our optimal contribution to ourselves? You’re probably familiar with the quote to the left. Do something today that your future self will thank you for? I like how it playfully dares me to pay attention to myself. To change some behavior that will make me better and help me make my optimal contribution. What about you? What change would help you make your optimal contribution? Maybe you’re like me. I immediately turn to things I should cut back on or stop, because they’re not good for me. Fewer desserts, less sitting around. But we could reframe the question and find things that include fun while we do them. Remember last August’s story about Cindy Munro, our colleague who’s nurse co-editor of American Journal of Critical Care? She literally jumped into an experience that included underwater ballet training and a live performance at Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. There are simple pleasures closer to home. Small things, such as during handwashing. If you follow the recommendation to sing Happy Birthday twice, while doing it call to mind an especially enjoyable birthday celebration you were part of, whether your own or someone else’s. Or maybe think of running water from a beautiful fountain or during a walk in the woods. Are you stuck on the fun part? There’s always the Internet, where you can visit www., a playful site “dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.” Come May, I look forward to experiencing the one annual activity guaranteed to rejuvenate us as members of the AACN community. I’ll be in Boston at NTI, and I hope you will too. What better time to enjoy the fun of re-energizing with our friends and colleagues, those we already know and those we’ve yet to meet? Will I see you there?

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - March 2013

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
Design an NTI Just for You
New Guidelines Set Practice Framework for Tele-ICU NursingPractice
New Methods Increase Speed of Sepsis Diagnosis
High Blood Pressure Can Injure the Brain of Young Adults
Recurrent Hypoglycemia May Not Impair Long-Term Development of Preterm Infants
Superstorm Sandy Hospital Evacuation Decisions Questioned
New STEMI Guidelines Focus on Symptom Recognition, Ease of Use
Early Communication About Resuscitation Improves EOL Quality
Vote Now for AACN Board, Nominating Committee Members
Simple Measures Reduce Pneumonia
Fresh Blood in the ICU
Meeting Veterans’ Healthcare Needs
In Our Journals
Checklists May Reduce Venous Thromboembolism
Certification Capsules
Chapter Leadership Workshop @NTI 2013
Wear Your NTI Pride on May 20
Dare To

Bold Voices - March 2013