Posts from August, 2009

How Do We Find Life Balance in These Chaotic Times?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 30th, 2009

worklifebalanceAs school starts and we begin signing our kids up for things, let’s pay attention to not over-scheduling them.

I overheard “soccer moms” talking about hauling their kids to soccer practice, and piano lessons, and karate and Girl Scouts and…then they have to go to work as a nurse!

Keeping a balance between involvement and insanity becomes tricky. Why is your child so busy…for his sake, or yours? Are you living vicariously through her fun?

A balanced family has quiet time, dinners together, time to laugh. Be sure in the hectic times, to create life balance and live your priorities. Need some tips? I wrote the book on it! contact me

Kids Color the World of Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 20th, 2009

crayons1Kids have so many career options these days.

When I was  kid (now I sound like my mom!) girls mostly became teachers, nurses or secretaries. Now they can be doctors, big game hunters or astronauts!

How can we teach them about the joys of nursing? How can we lure them into our profession?

At the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives conference this spring, I saw a great coloring book they created for kids to learn about healthcare careers. What a terrific way to encourage kids to learn about healthcare careers! To learn more and see how you can adopt this idea, see For more recruitment ideas, contact me

Violence in the Workplace? Surely Not Nurses!

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 12th, 2009

bullyI’ve been reading more about a new phrase “lateral violence” in the workplace. I resisted believing that the words violence and nurses could be in the same sentence.

But I have to admit that there is sometimes disruptive, unkind, bullying behavior.

When I give presentations to help with nurse recruitment and retention, I refuse to repeat and reinforce the phrase, “Nurses eat their young.” But that is exactly what lateral violence is all about.

60% of new nurse leave their jobs because of this. 20% leave the profession forever.

We all need to take reponsibility for having a zero-tolerance for this is our workplaces. If we witness it, let’s commit to calling attention to and resolving it. Then nurses won’t have to quit. We can ease the nursing shortage. For more proven ideas, contact me.