Friday, 28 December 2007

*Secret #108 Quit Trying to Manage Time

No one can really manage time.

Think about it.

Time tenaciously and mercilessly marches on--with or without you. There is NOTHING you can do to "manage" time!

The only thing you can do is manage yourself in relation to time.

So quit trying to manage time... and instead... start managing yourself.

Just a thought.

PS. Need training to manage yourself in relation to time? Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People THE WORKSHOP

Friday, 21 December 2007

A "mini break"

Stop for a moment and sit back in your chair. Take one of those deep breaths in through the nose, and exhale from the mouth. Do it a few times. Remember: when stress enters we slow our breathing down - almost stop when we are angry! As you breathe think "I am relaxing myself, slowing my heart rate, lowering my blood pressure, maintaining optimum oxygen so I can think better, and giving myself and the only place I have to live (my body) - a few moments of regeneration!"

Believe me - it will do all those things for you. After a few breaths, stretch your arms up in the air, blink your eyes several times, wiggle your toes and if you need to take a bathroom break - don't put it off! Do it now. The walk will do you good anyway and get that oxygen moving through the body again.

NO STRESS is worth your life! It will all work out somehow. Don't add to your problems by stressssssssssing out!

CREATE a wonderful day, and better yet, a great life for yourself. I really care!

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

*Secret #106 Quit Blogging

The first secret to amazing time management is...


You could save yourself HOURS of time for things like LIVING LIFE IN THE REAL WORLD.

Each second you fritter away reading this and other blogs is slowly stealing your preciously short life. Ironic... isn't it?

Just a thought. And just having some fun...

PS. For real time management help check out Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People

Monday, 17 December 2007

Secret #105 Time-Saving Techniques Are Good, But Being Clear About What to Live for Is Better

"We can be quite sure that whatever God wishes us to devote ourselves to He will grant us time enough in which to do it. Our responsibility is to find out exactly what He wants and hold resolutely to that. One of our greatest problems is that we misunderstand what God asks of us, either by adding all kinds of extra responsibilities or by possessing only a hazy idea of what He wishes. We will gain more time by properly understanding His will for us than by all time-saving suggestions put together."

— Robert Banks, The Tyranny of Time: When 24 Hours Is Not Enough

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

How do I relieve stress during this busy time?

1. I remember to breathe! Breathing can calm you down, lower your heart rate, make you think more intelligently, and help any pain you might have to diminish. That is just a partial list of the good things that will happen to you when you remember to use your oxygen. It's a gift. Try holding your breath for 4 minutes and see how precious your oxygen is to your life!

2. Prioritize - Make sure that the tasks you are trying to accomplish don't cause you
to loose your temper with those people in your life you are trying to please! People first (LOVE), all the other stuff next.

3. Loosen the old thought that Christmas is about "presenting" a great dinner table,
buying the best gifts, or decorating the house with a million lights. It's not. It's about LOVE LOVE LOVE. For us Christians it is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. For non-Christians it can be a lovely time to celebrate family and the spirit of giving. Don't diminish one moment with frustration and anger. Take it easy...take a breath!

4. Don't forget to give yourself a hug once in a while. You work hard and you know it. Count small blessings we skip over each day. I was shopping and looked up and saw an awesome sight-so I took out my little camera and captured it (photo on the right). What a blessing to see such beauty!

Have a wonderful holiday season and DON'T spend it drinking too much. You loose your spirit when it is saturated with booze. Yes, I have a drink now and then - but I
am in charge; not the alcohol. Be safe. Be YOURSELF!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Secret #104 Beware the Knee-Jerk No

No is a two edged sword.

It can cut you free from entanglements you shouldn't have been involved in to begin with—and it can starve your very soul.

That's right. If your autopilot is set to automatically say no to everything... your soul will starve.

Consider this: It's possible to be so focused on protecting YOUR schedule with "no" that you miss God's agenda for you.

Think about it. In such cases, you're not saying no to people or opportunities—you're saying no to God himself.

That's not where I want to live.

Yet, saying yes to God doesn't mean saying yes to everything.

So here's my two cents: Learn to say no... but only so you can say a passionate yes to God when he hands you an assignment.

How can you know if an opportunity calling for your attention is just a good thing... or a God thing?

At the risk of being too simple, I would encourage you to do something crazy: Ask Him.

Beware of the knee-jerk no. You could be missing God.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Alaris® & Awarepoint® Partner to Track and MonitorInfusion Pumps

San Diego, CA, September 11, 2007 – Awarepoint Corporation today announced a breakthroughpartnership with Cardinal Health Alaris to enhance patient safety and provide hospital staff with up-tothe-minute information about the status and location of Alaris PC infusion pumps and modulesthroughout their facility. The Alaris PC infusion pump includes integrated wireless connectivity thatworks seamlessly with Awarepoint’s Real-time Awareness SolutionSM.

Using Awarepoint’s patent-pending technology to remotely monitor Alaris PC infusion pumps, thisintegrated approach will provide hospital staff with real-time actionable information including: whichpatient is using the pump, which modules are attached and whether or not the pump and its modulesare in use. The Awarepoint Real-time Awareness SolutionSM further delivers equipment locationinformation to staff via Searchpoint™, an intuitive user interface that can be accessed from anynetworked PC. Designed with busy clinical staff in mind, Searchpoint offers simple, one-clicksearching capability with results instantly displayed on a map of the facility.

The Awarepoint solution has proven to reduce staff time searching for equipment, enhance patientsafety and optimize equipment utilization. “Providing richer, asset-specific information allows hospitalstaff to search more effectively,” said Ron B. Hegli, Vice President of Engineering and ChiefTechnology Officer at Awarepoint. “Together, we leverage the Alaris Gateway interface to enrichAwarepoint search results pertaining to pumps.”

Awarepoint and Alaris are committed to providing the best possible medical solution for patients andhospitals. The new agreement between the companies will enhance clinical documentation andmedication administration to better streamline hospital processes.

About Awarepoint: The Awarepoint® Real-time Awareness Solution SM delivers healthcare providers reliable location,status and movement information to remotely monitor equipment and people. Using minimal hardwareand no hard wiring, Awarepoint offers a non-disruptive installation - even in occupied patient rooms.Our award-winning, rapid impact implementation enables hospitals to map resources, monitor activityand measure performance to more effectively improve business processes that impact patient care andoperational efficiencies. Awarepoint is provided as a fully managed service, including all hardware,software, 24/7/365 remote system monitoring and full maintenance. The company is headquartered inSan Diego, California and serves hospitals across the United States through a national sales andoperations workforce. See what’s new at

Monday, 3 December 2007

Secret #103 Notice the Correlation Between the Pace of Your Life and the Quality of Your Relationships

The quality of all your relationships is inversely proportional to the pace of your life.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Nursing Seminars

Continuing education is an essential part of a career in nursing and is required to keep a license and vital to keeping skills fresh. The trick is finding the time to get these continuing education hours in and still have a life outside of work. Balancing a personal life and work is hard enough without additional time demands.

College courses can be huge time commitments. These usually span a whole semester and many have strict attendance policies. Online courses offer a less time intensive option, however you are on your own to learn the material. No one is presenting it to you. So, what is a working nurse to do? That is where nursing seminars come in. These are chances to get some much needed continuing education in a shorter amount of time.

Some seminars may be offered at the workplace. Others may take place at local or regional conferences. These are designed around convenience and pack a lot of information in a small space of time.

Another positive to nursing seminars is the focused nature of this type of training. A seminar usually focuses on one particular area of nursing. A college course is general and covers all the topics included under the course title. A nursing seminar may focus on one new technique or piece of equipment. A seminar may present the newest research available. It can be focused on new developments in patient care or ways of dealing with colleagues and the stress of the job. No matter the topic, there is much to be gained by attending seminars.

Rubbing elbows with others in the field is another benefit of these seminars. It might be co-workers in the same hospital that you don't see because of opposite shifts or colleagues in other hospitals or clinics. Keeping these connections fresh can pay off when they are needed. These people have the same work-related interests and concerns as you. They are great sounding boards for new ideas and great support in times of need.

Many seminars offer a chance for the give and take of information. Some presenters will open with an idea session, asking for audience participation right off the bat. This is a chance to get answers to questions that may have been lingering. It is also a chance to bounce ideas off colleagues and those higher up in the field. Some seminars, the smaller ones, are set up as a roundtable discussion, with the sharing of ideas as a central theme. This meshing of minds and ideas is a common formula for the development of sound policies and procedures.

The skills and information gained from the seminars can usually be put into practice immediately. Whether it's a seminar to help prepare for testing or one on the newest technique used in critical care for cardiac patients, the information is relevant to what you are doing right now. Learning how to use a new piece of equipment or the steps of a new procedure will pay off in less confusion and less of a learning curve for everyone involved. Patients will benefit from this new found knowledge, as will colleagues and employers. The skills gained could lead to promotions and extra responsibilities or perhaps even more pay.

Seminars are designed to be focused and many times are delivered in smaller group settings. Some seminars may be delivered in large lecture halls with less give and take. These should be approached like any lecture and the information taken back and shared with the group at work. This is where the ideas are generated and implementation takes place. Small group seminars, such as those that come to you, offer more immediate feedback and idea generation, however, this sometimes leads to missing some information or seminars running long.

Nursing seminars are similar to any other seminar. The goal is to present an idea and get the information out in a short span of time. Those who are interested in more detailed information can then explore the ideas through additional courses or classes. Many new and innovative ideas are presented in seminars. It is a good way to spark interest in these new technologies or ideas. Nurses who attend may find equipment or techniques that would enhance their work with patients and can take those ideas back to their supervisors for possible implementation. This shows a supervisor that you have initiative and are committed to the patients.

Nursing seminars are great opportunities to get those much needed continuing education hours in short time blocks, but they are so much more. They offer opportunities to network, share ideas, develop new ideas, enhance patient care skills, and bring back ideas for change in the workplace. Seminars are ripe with opportunities to advance your nursing career and make you a better nurse.

Continuing education is an essential part of a career in nursing and is required to keep a license and vital to keeping skills fresh. The trick is finding the time to get these continuing education hours in and still have a life outside of work. Balancing a personal life and work is hard enough without additional time demands.

About Author:Megan Hazel is a freelance writer who writes about topics concerning the nursing profession such as Nursing Uniforms.