Culture Change Througout Aging Services
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 05:10 PM PDT
At the recent Westberg Symposium Parish Nurse Convention in St. Charles, MO, I gave an interactive presentation on “Tools for Parish Nurses: Visuals That Communicate”. We explored the ways that pictures, graphs, charts, color, font, and body language communicate and identified first hand the impact that is created when visuals are used.
One of the key themes of the conference was taking care of self in the midst of a changing world. It seems that a key challenge for parish nurses as well as for health care professionals generally is taking care of self, body, mind, and soul. As a family caregiver, TAKING CARE OF SELF is critical.
Among the visuals we explored was a card with 5 Affirmations. I use this card/visual to remind myself that I must find a quiet corner for meditation each day where I can say these affirmations aloud. Also helpful is the repetition of these affirmations which can become a chant for the soul.
Here are my affirmations:
- I am important.
- I am not alone.
- I am appreciated.
- I am in control.
- I take care of myself.
The last affirmation on the list is in that position for a reason. If we consistently do the other four, we will be taking care of ourselves.
I encourage you to create your own affirmations and tailor them to your needs. My affirmations change with time, especially after a crisis or an important change or learning moment. The MOST USEFUL part is to have the VISUAL CARD that I tuck in my wallet. It’s always there to remind me and I believe carrying it with me provides solace and comfort.
I invite you to use mine to begin with if that works but to move toward your very OWN AFFIRMATIONS. The process I use is:
- Define the affirmations. I like having five.
- Put them on some type of visual. My choice is a business size card.
- Find a quiet spot at least once a day to review the affirmations.
- Say them aloud slowly and breathe deeply after each one.
- Repeat them to create a chanting effect.
- Share your experience using affirmations with others.
- Recreate your affirmations as needed.
The process is important as it gets you into the habit of creating, using, and sharing the tradition of affirmations. For both the professional and the family caregiver, they are priceless as the advertisement says! LINK HERE
The assembly-line mindset is a natural defense mechanism for the work we're asked to do all day. One more form to fill out. Six more articles to write. Yet another soundcheck for yet another band playing at the venue where you work. You know there were hundreds before, there's one now, and there will be another soon, perhaps in just a few minutes.
So you sit down to remaster a classic album and you can't help but phone it in. There's another around the corner. You sit down to write another blog post and perhaps you cut yourself a little slack, because another one is due soon. This sales call? Don't worry so much, the call list is endless...
You might have already guessed the problems (there are at least two.) The first is that this is no way to do your work, your art, your chosen craft. Averaging the work down, achieving the least, getting it done--that's no way to spend your day. You deserve more than that.
The other problem is that you have competition. And for them, perhaps even this time, it's not just another in a long line of tasks. It's the one. The one that matters. The competition will bring more to the table than you do, and you suffer.
Perhaps the alternative is instead of thinking, "next!", we can think, "last!" This might be the last time I get to do this.
If I do it that way, it increases the chances that it won't. LINK HERE
Do You Need a Permit?
(Source: Seth Godin’s Blog)
Where, precisely, do you go in order to get permission to make a dent in the universe?
The accepted state is to be a cog. The preferred career is to follow the well-worn path, to read the instructions, to do what we're told. It's safer that way. Less responsibility. More people to blame. When someone comes along and says, "not me, I'm going down a different path," we flinch. We're not organized to encourage and celebrate the unproven striver. It's safer to tear them down (with their best interests at heart, of course). Better, we think, to let them down easy, to encourage them to take a safer path, to be realistic, to hear it from us rather than the marketplace.
Perhaps, years ago, this was good advice. Today, it's clearly not. In fact, it's disrespectful, ill-advised and short sighted. How dare we cheer when a bold changemaker stumbles? Our obligation today isn't to spare the feelings of our peers from future disappointment. It's to establish an expectation that of course they're going to do something that matters.
If you think there's a chance you can make a dent, GO.
You have my permission. Not that you needed it.