I didn’t know my lab results nor that I would be asked about them.

This week I visited an acupuncturist for the first time. The acupuncturist asked me about my past medical history as well as my current health. She asked me about when I last had labs drawn and if I knew the results.

I knew I had labs drawn recently, however I had no recollection of what was drawn during my last physical nor what those lab values were as a result.

I had to tell her, ‘I don’t know.’ (I also didn’t know I would be asked about them).

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Project Entrepreneur via Rent the Runway

For any early stage entrepreneurs, this is a great opportunity to consider. I loved my time in the program two years ago.

Take a moment to watch this video: #BeInspired: Jenny Fleiss, Co-Founder of Rent the Runway

Post originally appeared on Dr. Tiffany Kelley RN on October 27th, 2017

“How does being a female entrepreneur influence how you lead?”

“How does being a female entrepreneur influence how you lead? ~ from Saturday’s HealthTech Venture Conference focused on Female Entrepreneurship

I know why this question is often asked and why it is one to answer. Women receive less than 5% of investment dollars. (This isn’t because women aren’t participating in the entrepreneurial marketplace ). However, I hope we can get to a place where it becomes a question that doesn’t need to be asked. Perhaps instead we can dive deeper into other areas that first time entrepreneurs could benefit from knowing.

I’ve never thought that because I’m a female that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I realize this wasn’t always the case. Temporal factors do play a role if you look back in time.

I lead with principles that I’ve learned and appreciated through others who are men and women. Additionally, leadership books help with the thorough insights. Lastly, take note of what doesn’t feel right to you in other leaders (and don’t do that when you lead ).

One book I read a long time ago was The Leadership Challenge. The book was presented to me at a time when I needed to see strong leadership. I encourage anyone to read it. You may not have a leadership title but you are leading yourself and others everyday.

More answered questions to come from the conference. Feel free to ask any questions you might have here. 

“The work of a nurse is endlessly inspiring…”

The work of a nurse is endlessly inspiring — to be able to combine knowledge and compassion in a way that advocates for patients is truly incredible!

My above comment is related to this article Nurses on their career defining moments: ‘How could I do anything else?’ posted on: Dr. Tiffany Kelley RN on October 9th, 2017.

Productivity hack: Learning how to say no.

Yesterday I was asked to offer one of my productivity hacks at the HealthTech conference. The word ‘hack’ itself suggests some form of automation combined with the word ‘productivity’. However, some of the most meaningful things can’t be sped up.

So then what do you do? My response to the question was learning how to be better at saying no. Saying no to things that aren’t aligned with your goals.

Sometimes saying no is saying yes to yourself. Today I had signed up for a half marathon but was tired from a busy week and some important meetings. I went out to dinner with my parents instead of staying at home and getting ready for the race. I also didn’t want to spend hours in the car back and forth from the location. Oh and probably the most rational reason is that my calf muscle isn’t back to normal yet.

So I said no to the race and yes to having a relaxing and peaceful day. I even got my grocery shopping done today too!

As nurses, we get used to being on the run and taking care of other people before taking care of ourselves. It is a hard habit to break. We also tend to want (and think) we can do it all by ourselves. That’s how we get burnt out. We just can’t be everything to everyone. Something has to give and it shouldn’t result in it being you.

Did you do something for yourself this weekend (because I’m sure you did something for someone else 😉)?

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Post originally appeared on Dr. Tiffany Kelley RN’s facebook page linked here.

Healthcare Innovation: It takes the time that it takes.

While clinicians (e.g., nurses, doctors, CNAs, etc.). are the users of new health care technologies, they are often not the purchasers. This complicates the diffusion of innovation in healthcare. However, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It does mean it will likely take longer than diffusing innovation at the consumer level.

Article originally appeared on Linkedin here: Healthcare Innovation: It takes the time that it takes on October 2nd, 2017.

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