Thursday, May 21, 2009
My Amazing Day
I had such an amazing day today and for no particular reason other than because I decided to.
I was Charge Nurse today and my team of 40+ nurses had a huge hill to climb today to get done - and we did. I started the day telling them that it was a glorious day - the sun was shining, the birds were singing and that it was going to be an awesome day - I could feel it - the air was almost vibrating with greatness. I gave them the starting numbers and promised to keep them up to date during the day with the numbers if they would respond as quickly as possible to the tasks I was going to be throwing their way.
Well the numbers got downright ugly. At 2PM we had over 1,000 patients that needed calling and 4,000 left to look at. I told them not to let the numbers mislead them - they had already accomplished so much - and that we were going to get it done. I told them an experience I had at lunch CONVINCED me today really was awesome, that we were all terribly terrific and would absolutely get everything done - and we did. I left the office a little after five today and there were 24 patients left that the people who worked until seven would complete. AMAZING. I received several nice emails from staff thanking me for the positive messages and telling me that I was a great motivator. They did all the work - I was just the director. Teamwork ROCKs!
So what experience did I have at lunch which convinced me today was an awesome day? At lunch, I went to a grocery store to get a salad. It's about 5 miles from the office. When I got back to the office I was getting my things out of the car and - NO PURSE! I searched the trunk, I searched the back seat, I search the floor. Panic started to set in. I got back in the car and drove like a bat out of hell back to the grocery telling myself all the way that it would still be there. To my great relief - there in the parking lot, in the seat of the cart I had left, was my purse. Everything intact. How amazing is that?
So....believing in positive things, results in positive things...and the events of today were a great reminder of that not only for myself but for the rest of the staff as well.
May all your days be awesome!