Bold Voices - June 2014 - (Page 3)

Step Forward. And Pause. It's not quite love and it's not quite community; it's just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. Another Angle We won't have those next year. We won't live on the same block as all our friends. We won't have a bunch of group texts. This scares me. More than finding the right job or spouse, I'm scared of losing this web we're in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now. But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They're part of us and they are set for repetition ... I plan on having fun when I'm old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd "should have..., " "if I'd...," "wish I'd..." Of course, there are things we wish we'd done: our readings, that boy across the hall. We're our own hardest critics and it's easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating. Cutting corners. More than once I've looked back on my high school self and thought: how did I do that? How did I work so hard? Our private insecurities follow us and will always follow us. But the thing is, we're all like that. Nobody wakes up when they want to. Nobody did all their reading (except maybe the crazy people who win the prizes ...). We have these impossibly high standards and we'll probably never live up to our perfect fantasies of our future selves. But I feel like that's okay. Source: Keegan, Marina. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories. New York: Scribner; 2014; 1-2. Read more in my note on page 22. Vicki Good AACN President For us, someone who is willing to step forward and help is much more courageous than someone who is merely fulfilling the role. - Margaret J. Wheatley 3 AACN BOLD VOICES JUNE 2014 W e don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life. What I'm grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I'm scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow after Commencement and leave this place. When I announced Step Forward as our new theme, I didn't know if it would be compelling enough to bring about the real change we needed to make. Why did I worry? Once again, our community of exceptional nurses rose to the occasion.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - June 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser
‘Take a Chance to Make a Change in Your Patients’ Lives’
New Mobile App Launched: AACN Bedside
AACN Research Grants Continue to Drive Evidence-Based Care
AACN Scholarships to Develop Training Skills and Professional Growth
Institutional Racism Can Damage Healthcare
Culture of Violence Becoming Normal
Nip Ethical Violations in the Bud
Up to Half of Prescribed Antibiotics Unnecessary, Inappropriate
Minimal Sedation, Early Mobilization May Reduce Delirium
Care Transition Programs Reduce Readmissions, Penalties
Unclear Relationship Between Hypothyroidism and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Women Have Unique Stroke Risks
Costs Increase Because of More Inpatient Constipation
Nursing-Supportive Work Environments Linked to Better Care
Smile, You’re on ReadyCam!
Automated EHR-Linked Checklist Greatly Reduces CLABSIs
Online Game Helps Students Identify, Manage Sepsis
Sepsis Detection System More Effective in Patient Diagnosis
In Our Journals
Test Can Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes
Spice It Up With Cinnamon
IHEs: Significant Cause of Preventable ED Visits
Certification Capsules
With Deep Appreciation for Your Generosity
Save the Dates for Progressive Care, Nurse Manager Fall Conferences
AACN Chapters Model Excellence
Transitions
‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’
Letters
President’s Note

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