As the last post on this site for 2017, I wanted to refer to some experiences. Whatever faith you might profess, there seems to be a common thread of providing an example of light to others that might not be as fortunate as you. Within the Christian faith, it is many times referred to as “letting your light so shine”.
I have the marvelous opportunity of seeing the people I work with on a daily basis do amazing acts of letting their lights shine as they minister to the poor and vulnerable.
So what have I observed over the recent past?
An international class neurosurgeon, on a Saturday, while not on call, going in to the hospital to check on a surgery patient. Were there hospitalists there? Yes. Was it a necessary visit? No. Did he have to take some extra time – 30 minutes – to sit and talk with the family…on a Saturday? No. Did he comment to me how appreciative the family was because of that visit, almost in a puzzled way since it didn’t seem like such a big deal to him? Yes. Is it any wonder why his patients love him?
A world renowned surgeon, literally, who takes time to mentor, at a stage in his life where he does not need to take time for anyone in order to add to a massive list of publications and accomplishments.
Nurse managers who are willing to realize that, in the words of a great leader, that “leadership is not the cloke of comfort, but the robe of responsibility”. Their phones never seem to stop ringing, yet they continually keep stepping up for their staff.
C-suite leaders who set an example of attention to detail by, as it were, picking up lint, although they could have called housekeeping.
The pediatric surgeon that is a tireless advocate for the most delicate and vulnerable of patients…and their families.
The clinic owner who spends significant amounts of time and resources to assure that her staff have the leadership skills to make a high-retention environment.
The surgeon who continues to refine his essential leadership skills even when those in higher leadership doubted those abilities.
The CEO who continues to invest in his people by providing an environment of leadership learning and continues to meet stringent financial measures.
The multiple nursing units, with hundreds of years of collective experience, that focus on continuing to learn and develop skills that benefit thousands of patients a year.
The heart surgeon, after a long and tedious case, sitting with the spouse of the patient, calming and reassuringly talking about the case. I did not hear what words were being said, but the non-verbals of the wife were a clear indication of what she was hearing.
My list could go on and on. I only want to take the time to show what true caring and leadership is, and how I have one of the best professions imaginable, as I work side by side with this class of individuals.
Thanks to each of you for sharing your light with me.