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Old 02-19-2008, 12:41 PM
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I was a DON for 7 years. 2 weeks into a new position I was involved in a wreck with a tractor trailer truck on my way to work. I haven't been able to work since. The Doctors told me that I would need face the fact that I could no longer nurse. I was devastated. Nursing was all I knew.
I continue to be a nurse advocate but my career has shifted to writing. I am a Christian Inspirational Writer and Author of two books.
I have always kept a journal, especially during my years as DON.
I really would like to mentor new DONs and ADONs. So if I can be of service to answer questions I will be glad to.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:28 PM
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May the good Lord bless you and keep you. And give you peace.

Follow the Leadership of Jesus
(1 Thessalonians 2:4-6 NIV) On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who test our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.

Ask yourself why you do what you do. Do you do it so that you can advance yourself? Or do you make your decisions based on the good of all involved? As a nurse you will be asked to make some stat decisions. As an RN you are ready for that. But as a manager you may find yourself stomping out small fires all day long.

You must know from where your motivation comes. Every decision that you make is going to affect someone. Think about that before you act.

Don’t react. Think about your reaction before it occurs. You can either think about it before you react or you can think about it after you act. It is your choice. Clean up now or clean up later.

Most decisions that you must make in nursing administration do not have to be done in a hurry. People around you may be in hurry but you usually do not have to be too. Just because someone else is all stressed out don’t mean you have to be.

If you aren’t sure about the decision you are making, go to your office and pray about it. It is ok to excuse yourself to think and pray. You don’t have to say another word, just because someone is confrontational doesn’t mean you have to participate. Stop and pray. Think. Think about the leadership of Jesus. What would He have done?

Making decisions can be very frustrating at times and people may push you. A person in your position may have to make several decisions in a short period of time. Don’t let the frustration and stress over come you. Just take your time, take a deep breath and think about how your decision will affect your patients, their families and your nurses. Triage the problems and then care plan it—just remember to base your decisions on Christ and His teachings.

All your decisions will not be popular and may require a little extra effort on someone’s part, but if you keep your focus on pleasing God and taking care of your patients you will always make the right decision.

Being a nursing administrator is a lonely job sometimes, but you are not alone, God will help you. You have a high calling as a nurse, He is there for you. Just ask Him.

Dear Lord, As I face my work today, help me to keep You close in my heart so that the decisions I make will be the right ones. You are always right and I trust in Your guidance as I care for my patients and direct my staff today. Let Your light shine through me. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:36 PM
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Thank you for the encouragement.
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Old 02-21-2008, 06:35 PM
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you are very welcome--Here is some more:
If you are like I was when I was a DON in LTC I needed all I could get.........................

Be Someone to Stand in the Gap

(Ezekiel 22:30 NIV) I looked for a man among them who would build up a wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Ok. Let’s say that that today God is looking for someone to stand in the gap for your patients or possibly your staff. Possibly He is looking for an advocate. As nurses you have to know what you stand for. Decide what you stand for and stick to it.

Your patients, their families and your nurses are your charge. They are all depending on you to be strong. Strength comes from knowing and doing what the Bible tells you to do. It is possible that you may have issues coming at you from every direction.

You have already decided that you are committed to your position and that you are not just an advocate, you are the head advocate of your facility. Jesus is your advocate. You have the best connection there is.

It would be so easy to turn your head and ignore things that you see that are wrong. Your job would be much easier if you just went along with some things and covered up other things. But, as a nurse administrator your job may be to put everything aside to investigate an allegation of abuse, or set up med cart checks because you think possibly your patients aren’t getting their meds on time. Whatever the issues that comes your way, be strong, be courageous and stand in the gap.

I figure by now you already know that this job you are committed to is not an easy one. You probably do not get paid enough to stay at the facility 60 hours a week. But that is not the point. The point is that you must stand in the gap for your patients. Don’t turn your head when you know something is just not right. Go with your gut instinct.

You may not be able to delegate everything. There are just some things that you will have to do yourself, not for any reason except that it is the right thing to do. Stand in the gap. Be the person God is calling. He has put you in this position of authority and to Him you are responsible.

The encouraging thing about that is—He has got your back. When you feel the nudge to do the right thing, don’t wait till He has to push you. Just do the right thing even if it is not the easiest thing. You’ll grow from it and your patients and your staff will respect you in the long run.

Stand in the gap!!! Be a wall if you have to, God is there to help you every step of the way. Think of it this way, what does God want you to do? It is ultimately Him that you are working for.

Dear Lord thank You for guiding me and helping me to be an advocate for my patients and for my nursing staff. Help me to evaluate issues according to Your will for me, my patients and my staff. We are all in Your hands; help us to stay in Your will. Thank you for encouraging me today.

Feel strong—God has got your back.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:35 AM
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Hi Gracenotes1,
Being a nurse, and a manager of nurses is a complex and often difficult thing. There are times when as you say you have to stand in the gap between patients and staff, in making sure that what happens for them is right for that situation. However, people gather their strength to meet these challenges in different ways.

Religious belief, of whatever denomination, is what some people have within them that gives them the strength and what they believe helps them to make the right decisions. I say of whatever denomination because it would be my belief that nurses who visit and contribute to Nursing Voices are from a large range of backgrounds and would be of different faiths. However, I can see that this would hold true for them.

However there are people out there whose conviction in a higher religious being is not so strong, and those people often gain strength to do the right thing, in the right way from other means. I would count myself within this. I have faith, but it is not part of me every day to the extent that I would look to a god to help me make decisions. For me I look within, and I also use the support of colleagues around me. I think, reflect, discuss, analyse and ultimately make decisions. I don't think they are any less effective, or I am any less worthy for that.

I think what I am trying to say here, is that we all gather strength from different places and we must recognise that. We must value each others culture and faith and recognise it may not be the same as our own.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:41 AM
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Possibly I could start a new thread and label it Christian Encouragement for LTC Administrators? Would that be better?
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:55 AM
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Possibly I could start a new thread and label it Christian Encouragement for LTC Administrators? Would that be better?
Yes you could. However, you have some great things to contribute for everyone and that way others wouldn't know it as they wouldn't read the thread. Just trying to offer up some food for thought, what do others think?
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:32 AM
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Maybe it is best if I just stop the long post to begin with.
I realize that these really are too long for a forum. sometimes I just have so much I want to say--Maybe I talk too much!! That is why I write--hahaha

Thanks for your reply. I'll just let this thread stay as it is and I won't add anymore long post. I didn't think I was being annoying but now I am even annoying myself. hahaha

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Old 02-22-2008, 10:48 AM
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(((((a hug for Angela)))))

You do have great things to share. Keep sharing them. But do so more concisely, please and thank you. My tired presbyopic eyes and my short-term memory deficits (both courtesy of advancing years) can only manage so much at a time!

Since you like to write, perhaps you could also contribute to the non-nursing topic thread I began in The Breakroom which is entitled "My Mother." A couple-three of us have posted family stories there.

Onward, then! The best is yet to come.

Joy

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Old 02-22-2008, 11:39 AM
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Yes Please keep posting Angela. You have lots to contribute here. You are an experienced nurse and manager and we need you to provide that wisdom for others.

I do hope I haven't offended as that was not my intention.
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