6 days left for Improvoscopy Campaign! 3 reasons to help make this important project happen.

Improvoscopy logo draft NO wordsHave you been hearing about “Improvoscopy: Serious Play for Safe Care” over the last few weeks?  Thinking about helping out?  We’ve got over $2,000 so far and some incredible healthcare visionaries who are funding the project!

Here are 3 reasons to help!  

  1. You appreciate the many articles and resources provided by “Confident Voices in Healthcare” blog and want to show your support!
  2. You want to learn how to teach some fundamental improv activities that will help nurses, doctors etc develop their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
  3. You KNOW that if we improve communication and collaboration we will also make care safer for patients and professionals!

Please consider a contribution to the Improvoscopy campaign now!  Thank you!

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Make an Infusion of Laughter Part of Nurses’ Week & Contribute to World Peace!

May is no13152627_10154118638239544_1371667783_nt only the month for celebrating Nurses Week, it’s when annual  World Laughter Day events happen too.  “World Laughter Day?” you wonder… 

Annually, the 1st Sunday in May,  “laughter for health” enthusiasts gather in groups worldwide to celebrate and promote the personal self care and social connection of Laughter Yoga.   It’s sustained, playful, intentional laughter  (without using jokes, humor or comedy) that beautifully nourishes  health, happiness, and peace. 

The Founder of the Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria, had no idea that what began as a social experiment in a Mumbai, India park in 1995 would grow into a health and wellness movement  shared in 105 countries .  Not only would it be enjoyed in social “Laughter Clubs” worldwide, but also move into corporate, educational, community and healthcare arenas — to enhance wellness, emotional intelligence, team building, and more.

Similar to  Medical Improv – Laughter Yoga reconnects its participants with their  capacity to play. Can you picture yourself making eye contact with others  doing laughter greetings?  Just opening the door to “a little willingness” to get goofy?  Taking deep breaths in and heartily expelling “all, all, all… the air out as  your laugh?? Pretending to groom with laughter toiletries (laughing!), clearing away negative thoughts with mental-flossing (laughing)… doing a little “Ho ho, ha ha ha…” chanting…?

Well,  holistic nurse, media broadcaster and laughter yoga teacher from Maryland has a treat for you.  You can laugh-along to the video broadcast replay of her World Laughelaine laughterter Day Hangout she hosted on May 1st of this year.  Elaine Nieberding, BS, RN, CHSMI, CLYT gathered laughter luminaries from around the world so you could get your own taste of TLC (Timely Laughter Care).  And with panelist Janet Carroll, RN  from Houston, TX, included some nurse-related laughter exercises and acknowledged Nurses Week  too. 

Elaine Nieberding’s been a featured presenter at the Los Angeles (2014) and Chicago (2012) Laughter Yoga/Laughter Wellness conferences.  In health-care settings, Elaine has  led Laughter Yoga for Nurses Week hospital events,  done webinar presentations for wellness summits and series, and served cancer-care AMC Hope Lodge families and cancer patients, and more.   She excited about continuing to inspire laughter self-care through video broadcasting, too!

Now go get your laugh on!  Visit www.yesLAUGH.com for convenient viewing of Elaine Nieberding’s May 1st Hangout.  Warm up your giggle, and then – if you must – “Fake it till you make it.”  You just might start imagining how laughing “for the health of it”, could jumpstart  creativity and caring connections in ways you may never have imagined.

Elaine NElaine Nieberding

BS, RN, CLYT (Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher – Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga)

CHSMI  (Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor)

Bel Air, MD 21015


@laughingelaine (Twitter)


Elaine Nieberding YouTube channel

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Finding Me in Medicine Again! Superb new podcast series for women physicians is launched!

Geared towards women docs, many wfindingmelogoomen clinicians of all specialties will enjoy and benefit from these 15-20 min podcasts with practicing physicians who are balancing work, family, and life! Probably some men too!

Finding Me in Medicine Again offers early career women physicians honest talk with seasoned doctors about how they handled the many (often competing) challenges of their practices and staying engaged with their families and communities.

These are generous, wide-ranging conversations that are rare in medicine and healthcare.  We boil things down and offer you essential insights into powerful strategies to reduce burnout and succeed in medicine, as well as ideas you can use tomorrow. So you walk through your day tomorrow with more ease and energy and enjoy it all more.

What are listeners saying about Find Me in Medicine?

nance goldsteinMany women physicians are frustrated or exhausted from trying to “balance” the competing demands of their practice and the rest of life. Your host, Nance Goldstein, PhD, ACC, is a credentialed leadership coach and trainer. She partners with worried clinicians to reduce unproductive stress and burnout symptoms to get more done with more ease for your patients, your family and for yourself.

She’s also healthcare leadership scholar focusing on clinician burnout and the new nature of “leadership” in an uncertain and innovative healthcare world. The National Science Foundation awarded her team a large grant, then later commissioned Nance to research the changing environment of jobs and skills triggered by using information technologies in work. She’s a Resident Scholar at Brandeis Women Studies Research Center. Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study honored her as a Fellow.

What are listeners saying so far?

“I’m sitting in front of my computer with a big smile on my face even though it’s 3 o’clock morning and I have most of yesterday’s notes to go because I just listened to all four podcasts.  Thank you so much for this experience. All four the podcast were great….You made me feel good about myself – that’s quite a gift!”  – Internist in Massachusetts tertiary care hospital

” I think Dr. Sam [one of the guests] gave great points about how to make life easier and staying fulfilled and happy with herself. I wish more physicians were as in tune with their bodies and attitudes to see how it affects those around them!”  – Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, North Carolina

“This was a fantastic talk that really left me excited about getting more out of medicine as a woman. She was just full of great ideas for low time-commitment but high yield ways to stay human as a physician. I found [these] talks really insightful and would love to hear more.”  – Family medicine resident, Maine

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