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What Is Your Wake? Another Angle T he Chinese and Hebrew essence of truth points to a comprehensive, inclusive approach to discerning truth. This “spirit of truth” is difficult for the world to receive. We live in a world conditioned by the paradigm of either/or thinking—something is either true or false. Remember all of the “true or false” tests you took in school? Many prefer the simplistic and often adversarial approach to truth—it is easier to define the truth by proving that others lie. The spirit of truth calls us to attempt to understand the multiple points of view. This truth-discerning process is always complex and messy. The spirit of truth does not see the world in either/or binary form. Technologies are not always against nature. Human action and nature’s process are not always at odds with each other. Globalism and localism are not mutually exclusive. Immigrants and citizens do not have to be fearful of the other. Gay and straight are not enemies. Pro-life and prochoice people are not necessarily adversaries. Men and women are not opposites. In order for a community to discern the truth, it needs to take into account the different perspectives even when they seem to be opposite or contrary to each other. The truth emerges out of the exploration and understanding of the many different points of view based on different experience of the people in the community. In the same spirit a community also needs to know how to raise up the experiences and perspectives that might have been ignored by the dominant view. When we insist on listening and presenting additional points of view, this may put us into conflict with those who still live in the either/or, right or wrong, true or false, good or bad, saint or sinner world. But this might be the cost of following the spirit of truth … Source: Law, Eric. H.F. Discerning the truth in a diverse and changing world. Weavings; 2013; 28:3; 30-32. Read more in my note on page 22. Vicki Good AACN President The wake is the results we leave behind. And the wake doesn’t lie and it doesn’t care about excuses. It is what it is. — Henry Cloud 3 AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2013 Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu A boat’s wake can help us understand our own wake whenever we step forward in our personal and professional lives. Even when the step needs to be backward or to the side.

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

Bold Voices - August 2013
Another Angle
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
Certification Capsules
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)

Bold Voices - August 2013