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Duke hospital CEO challenges RN's.

Kevin Sowers progressed from staff nurse to nurse manager, clinical nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, senior associate operating officer, associate vice president, chief operating officer and now president & chief executive officer at one of the premier health facilities in the world. Throughout his career progression he has personally maintained his RN credential and perspective. Presently, as a hospital executive his RN credential is prominently displayed following his name and before his title as President and CEO of Duke University Hospital where he is accountable for the operations of the 1,000 bed academic teaching hospital with over 6,000 employees.

The Power of One

Each one of us has opportunities to make a difference as an individual. There are times when we are uniquely positioned to make a difference in the life of a patient or family member, a colleague or co-worker or our team, department or employer. Many times we may not realize the difference we are making when it occurs

Similarly, each of us has been personally impacted by the influence or power of another person. This too might have been a patient or family member, a colleague or co-worker or our team, department or employer. We also might not know that they have touched our lives as it happens.

We all have moments or times in our career when we are pushed to the edge. There are moments when we are faced with a difficult patient situation or workplace change that we do not think at the time that we can manage.

Mr. Sowers described several such experiences he had in his career that pushed him to the edge. He stated at these times, "my heart was racing, I was short of breath and I wanted to run". It is during these moments, he continued, that personal accountability is the most important behavior we need to embrace. Searching deep within, garnering the resources available, seeking the advice from mentors and family we can face these moments with courage and push forward through our fear or apprehension in an effort to demonstrate the power of one.

He challenged the conference attendees to go back and consider how we are going to make a difference individually and never to forget the power of one person to touch or change a life of another or help an organization make the change needed for greater success.

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Title Annotation:registered nurses
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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