Interactive, Actionable Keynotes

Educate and inspire your healthcare team.

Uncommon Champions Sleep When They're Dead

If you have ever seen an elephant secured by a rope attached to a stake outside a tent at a circus, you may have wondered why the elephant doesn’t just pull it up with his strength.  

The elephant learned as a youngster that vigorously attempting to pull free was futile and learned to believe for the rest of his life he cannot break free so he doesn’t even try.  Are there things that are holding you back that really don’t have the power to do so?

We encounter limits every day and we have to either choose to accept or reject them.  This message will inspire you to become all you can be and attack limitations that may be holding you back.  To reach the purpose set before you, you must pull up the stake and start running. 

Just a Nurse? Says Who?

This keynote uses the play on words that only nurses would know.  The message is inspirational for nurses who work long hours in facilities caring for patients.  Rachel immediately connects with her audience through the stories she tells.  You know she has been in the trenches from her passionate delivery.

The final words she shares includes a compelling list of attributes for nurses that clears brings home the point that you are not “just” a nurse; You ARE a Nurse! 

This presentation is designed for gatherings of nurses in venues such as national conferences for nurses, hospital retreats or nursing professional association functions.

Evaluating Health Literacy in Contemporary Organizations

Low literacy is associated with several adverse health outcomes, including low health knowledge, increased incidence of chronic illness, poorer intermediate disease markers, and less than optimal use of preventative health services. Only 12% of adults are considered to have proficient health literacy according to a report in Modern Healthcare (2013). More than one third of all U.S. adults, which is about 77 million people, are categorized as having basic or below-basic levels of health literacy, according to data collected by federal agencies. The Health and Human Services Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (May, 2010) focuses on strategies to reduce jargon in medical literature and making health-related websites more usable by providing more easy-to-follow health recommendations to the public. Interventions to mitigate the effects of low literacy have been studied, and some have shown promise for improving patient health and receipt of health care services. Clinical screening for health literacy is controversial because of the potential for inducing shame and stigma associated with low literacy and the complexity of the health care system and how patients experience it is also an important consideration when addressing health literacy and health care disparities. We lack the measurement tools to assess patient literacy which presents more of a challenge to health care providers and health systems to more effectively communicate with patients. This presentation will provide a brief historical scope of health literacy and essential tools necessary to evaluate health literacy of patients so appropriate interventions are selected by health care provides that best meet the health literacy level of patients.