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Just communicate

“The nurses reported that the process of guided ethics discussion, led by the nurse ethicist, resulted in an increased feeling of being valued.”

Hey…Hey…You…That person that is supposed to be in charge…do you see how easy this is?

If you just listen to your people, they feel valued.  See…that wasn’t that hard now, was it?

No you don’t get to sit down and listen like this guy from Patch Adams

“They reported a decrease in moral distress and an acknowledgement that personal growth and development occurred.”

This is what happens when there is communication.

I grew up in a household with 5 brothers and a sister.  My dad is a Vietnam veteran and was a Medic for the 101st Airborne.  I spent a lot of time at the bar with my dad when I was a kid.  It was a stereotypical story of a Vietnam veteran spending the days working and nights at the bar.  This was his release.  I learned a lot about life in these bars and gained the ability to communicate with people of all ages.  Personal growth and development occurs when there is communication.

Regardless if you are talking to a nurse leader, senior therapist or just an average Joe on FB, it is important that there is connection between people and with the rise of social media, it is easier than ever to create bonds with others.

“Overall, the participants expressed that group reflection allowed them to gain new perspectives and enhanced the practice environment through collaboration and communication”

Imagine that you had immediate access to decades of experience and mistakes made by others.  In most circumstances, we have this immediate access.  Sometimes we have to overcome our own insecurities in order to ask our colleague about mistakes they made in the past.  This is the easiest way to avoid making the same mistakes.

I recently had a conversation with a newer graduate PT.  We discussed how I was able to obtain decades of knowledge in months simply by surrounding myself with therapists that were practicing waaay above my abilities and having the self-awareness that there is a time to talk and there is a time to watch and learn.

For those of you that have followed me, very few of you knew who I was 2 years ago.  I spent the first decade of practice in books, at study groups and collaborating with others.  It is only after learning and creating my own personal style of treatment that I felt comfortable enough to go out and speak.  You can learn from my 11 years of practice in less than a year.  You could start out in practice 10 years ahead of where I started.  All you have to do is ask.  Ask me. Ask your colleague.  Ask a mentor.  Just ask.

Excerpts taken from:

Reilly KM, Jurchak M. Developing Professional Practice and Ethics Engagement: A Leadeship Model. Nurs Admin Q. 2017;41(4):376-383.

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