Some Florida Inspiration for Nurse Admins and Execs

By Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief

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A pep talk on being open to possibility. While it was cold late last week in Orlando, Florida (ok, maybe not so bad at 64 degrees and sunny blue skies, but cold by their standards) the audience at the opening session of the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) was definitely warmed up after listening to the engaging keynote speaker, Benjamin Zander.

Zander is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. You may be thinking he was probably a bit stuffy and formal, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Zander is, at 75, a dynamo, strolling up and down aisles, exhorting the audience to be likewise expressive, waving arms, smiling and connecting.

His message was to be open to the notion that everything is subject to change depending on how one frames it. He challenged the 1500 listeners to “stand in the realm of possibility.” His message is that everything—the rules, perceptions, games we play—are invented and can be changed. He maintains that every situation can be dealt with three ways: resignation, anger, or recognizing the possibility. […]

At Denver Nurse Exec Mtg: Sully on Sources of Errors, Chow on Crucial Role of Patients and Families

Some quick take-homes from AJN’s editor-in-chief, Shawn Kennedy:

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I’m in Denver at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), the organization comprised mostly of hospital nurse executives, administrators, and managers. As you can imagine, the focus is on leadership.

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the former US Airways pilot who safely landed a disabled passenger plane on the Hudson River in New York City in 2009, was the featured keynote speaker. He of course talked about the event that launched his second career as a speaker, author, and safety expert, but his message was really about leading in challenging times. Some key messages:

  • His success in landing the plane was the result of teamwork, with everyone executing what they had learned and practiced.
  • Core values must be made real on a daily basis in organizations.
  • Errors and bad outcomes are almost never the result of a single person or event, but a result of a cascading chain of events or failures.

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Marilyn Chow, who spoke only briefly after accepting the AONE 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, could as easily have been the keynote speaker at the meeting. Chow, who is vice-president, national patient care services, Kaiser Permanente, spoke with humor and passion about her values and where she thinks nursing’s values should be. She told of her 87-year-old mother’s great joy in helping feed “the […]

iPad Apps, the Future of Nursing, More: Notes from the Nurse Execs Meeting in Boston

By Maureen Shawn Kennedy, AJN editor-in-chief

Last week, the city of Boston hosted the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). For those unfamiliar with this group, it’s a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association and its mission is, according to the Web site, “to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership.” It’s been a few years since I last attended this conference, and I was amazed at increase in both sophistication of exhibits and number and variety of sessions. There was even an iPad app for the meeting!

Best-selling authors abounded: Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us, opened the conference and Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine and author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, closed the meeting. Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, also talked about her new book, Why Women Should Rule the World.

As at many meetings this past year, the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report figured prominently, with a track focused on interpretations and implementation of its recommendations.

I asked Linda Burnes Bolton, chief nurse officer of Cedars Sinai Medical […]