May 2019

Lean at home, after my husband’s surgery

Before becoming a lean healthcare consultant, I worked for many years as licensed physical therapist in the inpatient setting, specializing in post-operative recovery for patients following orthopedic surgeries and those who had suffered strokes and spinal cord injuries. Specifically, for my patients who had orthopedic surgeries, I assumed they were just fine to do their exercise program as prescribed.

In celebration of National Nurses Week: Two ways to end nursing’s 55-second cycle

National Nurses Week (May 6–12) is a time for everyone—not just nurses but other health care professionals, individuals, employers, and community leaders—to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. It’s also a time for us, as lean practitioners, to look at emerging research about the complexity of nursing work…work that requires critical thinking, knowledge application, and constant vigilance.