Iowa Specialty Hospital

Reflections by Amy

May 27, 2019

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ~ Winston Churchill

We made it through graduation this month. I wasn’t nearly as tearful as I thought I would be but I think that is because I am so excited for Shaila and her next steps in her life. I do feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster this month and I am ready to settle into the summer routine. I feel like our whole family is ready for summer as Rick has gotten called by the principal on all three of the younger kids this month. We have been having a lot of life lesson conversations at home lately. My favorite was Andrew’s. He has always been our “technically” child. One time I asked him to go put sheets on his bed. He literally took them up to his room and set them on his bed because technically that was what I had asked him to do. So, he did something similar to the principal at school. Rick and I knew this day was coming and had to explain that you can be technically right but still be wrong in how you deliver it as it can come across as disrespectful.

This is true in any of our teams that we work in within healthcare as well. Collectively we are a large group of strong willed and focused individuals. This is a great thing as it is the secret to our success. However, it can also be our greatest downfall because we can be so caught up in having it our way or worrying about the next person not doing it how we would do it that we lose focus on the importance of the work we do. The end result of making sure our patients have the very best care is more important than being technically right. This week I challenge you to step outside of the box and embrace a new way of doing things. This could be at home or at work, but really think about how you could look at a process differently. It is a great life lesson for all of us to embrace as change is the only constant in life. Change will be our best friend in healthcare over the next few years.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~ Gail Sheehy

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