Straight Talk
A weekly update from management on the issues that matter most.


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • We receive great stories of people helping people—clinical and non-clinical—with the common themes of altruism, self-motivation, compassion, and competence. The following is lightly edited for privacy and length.
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  • Understanding how colleagues feel about their healthcare system, a place where most of us spend more of our time and energy than anywhere else, is important.
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  • A few weeks ago I received the following email from Donna Johnson, DNP, RN, and adjunct member of the FGCU Nursing Faculty, who shared the following from ten FGCU nursing students after their first experience with “live” patients.
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  • We have great people with wonderful career stories who share the common purpose of helping others. Learning about the rich background of colleagues’ careers and successes inspires all of us.
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  • “Healthcare is a terminal illness for America’s governments and businesses. We are in big trouble.” This provocative statement is from the 2009 book The Innovator’s Prescription co-authored by Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School’s famous professor noted for creative destruction. Disruption, while not necessarily good for incumbent providers of services and products, is typically positive for those who are beneficiaries of these deliverables. In healthcare, the beneficiaries are patients who are also the ultimate payers for care. Wages, taxes, and/or direct payments from patients fund the system.
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