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    The Importance of Teamwork!

    This semester, I had the opportunity to participate in the Harvard Business Review online simulation, Everest.  The objective of this exercise is to simulate a team’s cli […]

  • The DNP Essential, Scientific Underpinnings for practice, should include review and discussion on the philosophy of ethics and how it applies to nursing practice.

    Workplace violence is a serious problem in […]

  • Today’s patients have complex health needs and typically require more than one discipline to address issues regarding their health status. (Lumague et. al, 2008). In 2001 a recommendation by the Institute of […]

  •  “A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and […]

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Kim,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement and compliments. It means a lot to hear that from a colleague that I admire and respect. I have enjoyed this journey with you, my fellow CNS!

    Chrissie

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thanks Jeanette. You make a good point about it just being the top 5. I just don’t feel like I am strong in that realm and will try to work on improving that trait. I think having the confidence and passion about a specific project will help me to be an influential person in the organization.

    Chrissie

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Mary,
    I so not surprised at your assessment of strengths. I would have guessed those 5 strengths just after our 3 semesters of working with you in school. These are such great attributes for your work and leading your teams. This is what makes you successful in the work that you do now. I am surprised that not all of us have Learner in…[Read more]

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Jeanette,
    Great description of complement and compliment. Love the thought process there. Your strengths in the relationship building are going to help you put together an amazing team. I laughed when you said that you wanted to retake the test to be more “well-rounded”. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all possess something from each of…[Read more]

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Kim,
    I had 3 strengths in the Strategic Domain too. Think it is a CNS thing? Nature vs Nurture? I wonder how much of the strengths are innate or learned? What do you think? I am thinking a little mix of both. So, you will look for some influencers to be on your team. Have you thought about that for your team and who you might have?

    • Chrissie,

      I hadn’t thought about the CNS vs NP background that we both share as to why my strengths fell in the areas that they did (and yours too) until you mentioned it. I think that it could be the nurture vs nature that you suggested based on our backgrounds.

      As for my project team, I had already developed my team prior to completing…[Read more]

  • I had the extreme fortune to meet Mother Teresa when I was in high school.  What an amazing person and soul!   This quote from her sums up perfectly the importance of creating the best teams!

    I enjoyed re […]

    • Chrissie,

      I would also agree that your top 5 strengths line up nicely with your leadership style. I think it is interesting that a lot of us all had several strengths in the strategic thinking domain. I also had 3 strengths within that domain. I think it will help us become better change agents as we continue through, and finish our DNP program. What are your thoughts?

      Lesley

    • Chrissie,

      I love that you chose to include this quote — and what an amazing experience to have met Mother Teresa –

      Your post is a thorough and thoughtful evaluation of your top five strengths.

      You point out that you “lack” strengths in the influencer domain –> however, the StrengthsFinder assessment only revealed our top 5 strengths… perhaps strength #6 lies in the influencer domain? It is possible.. And I would challenge that you can still be very influential within the organization as you exert your own leadership style.

      Jeanette

      • Thanks Jeanette. You make a good point about it just being the top 5. I just don’t feel like I am strong in that realm and will try to work on improving that trait. I think having the confidence and passion about a specific project will help me to be an influential person in the organization.

        Chrissie

    • Mother Teresa is one of my role models of true patience and unwavering love! What an awesome experience for you and the quote is spot on!
      I believe while you may not have appeared “strong” in the influencer domain, your work in other areas in which you play to your strengths and surround yourself with team members that complement you will make the overall work that you do influential!

    • Chrissie,

      Having worked with you in both a professional and educational environment and can see your top 5 strengths as I think back over our many years of working together. I have to say that I agree with Jeanette about how your leadership style does have influencing in your actions…think about all you have implemented in the ED! I look forward to our continuing working together and seeing where your strengths take you.

      Kim

      • Kim,
        Thank you so much for your encouragement and compliments. It means a lot to hear that from a colleague that I admire and respect. I have enjoyed this journey with you, my fellow CNS!

        Chrissie

  • Evidence shows that psychomotor skills of CPR begin to decay within 3-6 months, if not used or practiced.   Here are some links to videos that discuss an innovative way to maintain competency, improve p […]

  • I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Tom Ahrens at the VCU School of Nursing last week.  The topic was “From Clinician to Scientist, from Scientist to Innovator: Lessons from the Field”.   Mr. Ah […]

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Jeanette,
    I love your post. I have experienced the “BTTWWADI” (pronounced “bittywaddi”) often in my workplace. Those individuals who are resistant to change and improvement “Because Thats The Way We Always Do It”. It can be so difficult to lead change projects in this type of culture. It is so imperative to work smarter and not harder.…[Read more]

  • mschaeffer2 posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Terri,
    What a great exemplar of quality in practice! It is so great to see the results of your efforts to practice to your fullest potential and NP scope. Great Work!
    Chrissie

    • Chrissie,
      Thank you for your comment! Yes, providers, faculty, employers, patient, and stakeholders have to see a change in how we practice. Otherwise, why are we practicing independently? We, as DNP prepared advanced practice nurses, have to advance the profession.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the healthcare system […]

    • This is a very important and ongoing issue for our hospitalized patients (especially our children with cancer and bone marrow transplant patients). The bundling project has shown to be a great step in controlling and decreasing the rate of CLABSIs. Even one infection is too many!

    • I really like your topic and bring up an important point. I find in my practice that people like to cut corners typically cause they either forget a step or think that step is not important. This happens all throughout nursing and other professions. I also feel it would be very beneficial to have real time feedback to boost success but also boost self esteem in our profession.

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