Last week’s American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) conference was filled with enthusiasm and joy. The nursing leaders we met at the Voalte booth shared weather stories from all over the country, and many were glad to see the sunshine and feel the warmth of Orlando, Florida. Jazz bands played in the background while our colleagues visited a plethora of exhibits, from smart beds to voice dictation solutions for patient engagement and many other mobile technologies.
I had the chance to meet with one Director of Nursing from the Midwest. She shared her mobile communication needs and discussed her organization’s plans to improve safety, falls management and more. I was happy to see the nursing leaders from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, who participated in a review course for the Nurse Leader Certification. These leaders are dedicated to our nursing profession, and it shows in their warmth, kindness and interest in pursuing certification.
It was great to see a few old friends as well: Darinda Sutton, CNO of Cerner’s Northeast Division, and Margie Sipes, a Nursing Performance Improvement Consultant in New England. They met the entire Voalte team and shared the work they are doing in their nursing leader roles. We even enjoyed an interesting and amazing visit with Florence Nightingale herself. Nancy Hilton, CNO at St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida, one of her nursing leaders, and author Joe Tye, CEO of Values Coach, truly embody the Florence Prescription and remind us of the importance of staff and patient experience in hospitals across the country. They handed out the 7 Simple Promises of the Self Empowerment Pledge:
- Monday’s Promise: Responsibility
- Tuesday’s Promise: Accountability
- Wednesday’s Promise: Determination
- Thursday’s Promise: Contribution
- Friday’s Promise: Resilience
- Saturday’s Promise: Perspective
- Sunday’s Promise: Faith
This team wants to learn more about how these daily promises could be sent as group messages from our Voalte One smartphone. What a great way to engage the front line staff and share the pledge.
I’d like to personally thank the AONE team that organized this event for doing such a wonderful job. The networking and learning that took place was exceptional. If you attended last week’s event, please post a comment below to share what you learned. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.