Some wise words were spoken at Nursing Management Congress this year. Here’s my top list of quotes from the conference. Thank you to all of the experts who shared their experience and stories with us!

Without further ado…

1. “Our knowledge of what we do everyday is very limited; based on tradition, not science.”
Richard Hader, RN, PhD, FAAN, CHE, CNA, CPHQ, Conference Chairperson, Editor-In-Chief, Nursing Management Journal, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Meridian Health

2. “Intrapreneurs are ‘dreamers who do.’”
Kathy Russell-Babin, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, ACNS-B, Senior Manager, Institute for Evidence-Based Care, Meridian Health

3. “Prioritization is a fact of life in clinical practice.”
Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, Director, McGill Nursing Collaborative for Education and Innovation in Patient and Family Centered Care, McGill University and the McGill Teaching Hospital Network

4. “We teach people how to treat us.”
Sharon Cox, BSN, MSN, Founder and Principal Consultant, Cox and Associates

5. “Shift from ‘busy’ to ‘productive.’”
Sharon Cox, BSN, MSN, Founder and Principal Consultant, Cox and Associates

6. “Don’t forget the patient in the shared decision making model.”
Richard Hader, RN, PhD, FAAN, CHE, CNA, CPHQ, Conference Chairperson, Editor-In-Chief, Nursing Management Journal, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Meridian Health

7. “As a patient, if a provider comes in with an unkempt appearance, do you want that person to touch you?”
Richard Hader, RN, PhD, FAAN, CHE, CNA, CPHQ, Conference Chairperson, Editor-In-Chief, Nursing Management Journal, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Meridian Health

8. “People can change when they are fighting for a cause bigger than themselves.”
John O’Leary, President, Rising Above

9. “When you know your ‘why’ you can endure any ‘how.’”
Victor Franco, Holocaust Survivor (shared by John O’Leary, President, Rising Above)

10. “One person always makes a difference.”
John O’Leary, President, Rising Above

Please keep in mind that I was not able to attend every session as the breakout sessions occurred concurrently. I'm sure I am missing many great quotes on this list! All of the sessions that I did attend were informative, but even more impressive to me, was how invigorating they were. From the enthusiasm in the audience and some of my conversations in the exhibit hall, I know I was not the only one feeling this way. If you are a nurse leader, consider attending Nursing Management Congress 2013 next year!