Happy New Year! I sure hope this has been a good holiday season for you. This past year has not been a great year economically for many of us, but it will certainly be one that we will all remember. We have an opportunity with each new year to commit ourselves fully to making each New Year better than the one before. It is up to each of us to seize the opportunity for change and take action to bring about that change. No one can make us get exercise, go on a diet, finish that degree, or get involved in a worthy cause except ourselves. The life we lead is the one we live and the degree to which it is fulfilling is in our own hands to either accept it or choose to improve some part of it (unless of course you are fortunate enough to be living the perfect life – LOL).So as 2009 begins with our New Year’s resolutions and commitments for a better year, I will start with a few commitments of my own:
1. To lead my association, profession and coworkers with the highest standard of ethics, integrity and values that ensure that our actions and work is the finest it can be.
2. To take active steps that advance our profession bringing visibility to the important work we do in relationship to quality of documentation, quality patient care and safety, and quality of life.
3. To seek to continually listen and learn so that the foundation of wisdom (knowledge) is at the basis of all decision-making.
4. To do all within my power to educate and develop awareness with those I meet about the fragileness of our planet and to instill a desire in others to do more to help ensure a vibrant earth for many generations to come.
So what if we were all to take a really good long look at our profession? Where is it going if we keep doing what we have always done? Then what if we took a look at the future of healthcare documentation? How/where do we fit in? Finally, what we can do to make our own personal future brighter and filled with the maximum potential? If you were to do this and you decided that we could make a difference by being present, by taking personal action to ensure our own success, then I can’t WAIT to work with you to make it happen in 2009! Together we can do this! Yes we can!