Personal Interest

I once read that the secret to anyone’s success is what is called “And-then-some syndrome.” The power of these words is captured in a short essay written by Carl Holmes. I have changed the words to reflect the nursing Magnet philosophy and hope you are inspired by these simple truths.

And then some…these three little words are the secret to success. They are the difference between the average nurses and top nurses in most healthcare organizations.  Magnet nurses always do what is expected …and then some. They are thoughtful of others, considerate and kind…and then some. They are compassionate…and then some. They are respected by their colleagues, involved in their units, treasured by their patients and families…and then some. They can be counted on in a time of need…and then some. I am thankful for these nurses, for they make the world a better place.

Nursing excellence is one of our foundational values. In today’s healthcare  profession it is important to go the extra mile when providing for our patients and families because it is these patients and families who rely on us to put them at ease during a time of fear, to make them comfortable when in pain, to heal them to make them well.  

As a Magnet leader, I encourage all of you to go that extra mile and make the effort towards nursing excellence …and then some.

Linda K. Chase was born and raised in the Cedar Rapids, IA area. She and her husband Steve live in Dublin, OH and have a son Ryan (Chicago, IL) and daughter Michelle (Columbus, OH)