Action Collaborative Speaks to the AMSN HPE Focus

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM www.nam.edu) recently formed an action collaborative on clinician well-being. This is very aligned with the AMSN strategic plan and our healthy practice environment initiative. "We are proud to have submitted our commitment statement and application to become a network organization of the NAM efforts. We are committed to the cause and will do our part to drive this forward," says Terri Hinkley, CEO of AMSN.

"We will be working to include the information from the action collaborative on clinical well-being in the Healthy Practice Environment section of our new website to be launched this spring. We are hoping that this information is also shared across our social media and other channels as well, by our members and leadership. It is a crucial topic that we are passionate about and will do what we can to support and educate those who will benefit from clinician well-being practices."

Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care. However, clinicians of all kinds, across all specialties and care settings, are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Among the most telling of statistics, more than 50 percent of U.S. physicians report significant symptoms. Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization (i.e., cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work.

Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to—in the most extreme cases—medical error and clinician suicide. On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. In other words, when we invest in clinician well-being, everyone wins. Supporting clinician well-being requires sustained attention and action at organizational, state, and national levels, as well as investment in research and information-sharing to advance evidence-based solutions.

Read more on clinician burnout here: https://nam.edu/implementing-optimal-team-based-care-to-reduce-clinician...
Read AMSN's commitment letter on clinician well-being and healthy practice, here: http://amsnblog.org/node/13

CEO’s Corner - Dawning of a New Day – AMSN’s New Logo and Branding

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

Terri Hinkely, MBA, BSN, RN, CCRC, AMSN CEO

As individuals in the nursing community, we are fundamentally wired to always be listening, always be considering the needs of those around us. We assess, we plan, we implement, and we evaluate. The nursing process is the cornerstone of nursing practice. At AMSN, we work hard – month in and month out – to embody the same process when we interact with our members. The things that matter to each and every one of you, also matter to us.

We are excited to say that we have listened to you and how you would like AMSN to continually communicate, engage and interact with you. We are thrilled to announce an official re-branding of AMSN – with new colors, new logo, brand-new website, blog and more - due to launch in May of this year! Of course, you already have seen that we have recently launched our podcast, “Med-Surg Moments: The AMSN Podcast” that is hosted by nurses, for nurses. You can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher. You can also visit our podcast site at www.medsurgmoments.org.

You can look forward to a streamlined, user-friendly website for AMSN, where you can find everything from convention information, continuing education, social interaction, and more – quickly and seamlessly. You’ll see a modern look and feel and will have more opportunities to get the most out of your AMSN membership. As ever, we are always listening to you, and what you want out of your AMSN experience.

If you have any thoughts to share on things you’d like to see in the coming year, please let us know. We will continually strive to make AMSN your source for professional development, certification, scholarships, and advocacy.

You can depend on us, just as your patients and colleagues depend on you.

Robin's Nest - President's Message

  • Posted on: 4 March 2019
  • By: AMSN

Taking it Personally: Cultivating Passion Through Professional Fulfillment
Robin Hertel, EdS, MSN, RN, CMSRN
President, AMSN

When we take time to care for ourselves, everyone wins: Our patients, our fellow nurses, and our families. More often than not, we spend much of our waking hours giving to others, leaving very few moments to devote to what drives our passions. I believe it is truly vital for nurses to cultivate professional fulfillment through self-care and self-improvement. When we do this, we can shine brighter, feel stronger, and show our best selves to the world around us.

After I had worked on a medical-surgical unit for about 10 years, I began to realize that the passion and excitement I had for my work when I first started was diminished. It seemed like there were more and more demands and less organizational support, more attention being paid to quality metrics than the personal aspects of patient care – all of which left me exhausted and disheartened at the end of the day. Yes, I was suffering from what author Richard Chang referred to as a “passion deficit” in his book entitled “The Passion Plan at Work.”

So, I decided that it was vital that I renew my passion and if I was to remain a nurse. I took a strong interest survey online to help me identify interests that I may have failed to nourish during my nursing career. Then I made a list of activities and aspects of my job as a nurse at the bedside that I enjoyed. I integrated some of these interests into my work setting by starting a newsletter for nursing staff on my unit, taking a renewed interest in mentoring students and new nurses, and becoming more involved in AMSN.

A key factor to increasing job satisfaction, in my experience, was taking action. Knowing that I was taking steps to achieve a certain goal (increasing my happiness and sense of satisfaction at work) made me feel better and like I was moving forward rather than standing still and letting the passion deficit continue to grow. One way I sought professional fulfillment was through certification. Research has demonstrated that nursing certification promotes feelings of professional accomplishment and growth, validates knowledge in a specialized area and enhances professional credibility and autonomy. I’m currently in the process of recertifying for the third time. I am so proud every time I sign my name professionally and add CMSRN at the end of my title. This is both a personal and professional validation of my continued competencies in the field of medical-surgical nursing. It’s a gift I give to myself as well as a demonstration of my professional credibility.

If you are intrigued and would like to learn more about becoming certified as a medical-surgical nurse (CMSRN), please visit the AMSN website here: www.amsn.org. There, you can obtain information on the certification process as well as find resources to help you prepare for the certification exam. You can also view videos on the website where certified medical-surgical nurses describe the professional goals they have been able to achieve as a result of their certification. If you need financial assistance getting your certification, you can also visit www.msncb.org for more information. AMSN and MSNCB will always be in your corner, helping you realize your personal and professional goals.

Have a wonderful month, and whatever you do, don’t forget to take some time for you.

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