Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab (PILL) Launched!

Last Sunday (9/18/2016), I facilitated the first ever PILL in the lovely seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH!  It is a fun name don’t you think?  Ten friends and colleagues came together to discover, play, connect, and learn how improv activities can help us develop ‘soft skills’!  It was fantastic!  Teachers (elementary, undergrad and graduate levels), psychologists, a nurse, reiki master, yoga instructor, mindfulness trainer, author and bully prevention specialist, mom, and others gathered to discover, play, connect and learn!  This was a two hour session and 3 more are scheduled with the same group.

It is a pilot that can be adapted for many groups wishing to improve communication, engage and empower others, and much more!  (Let me know if you’d like to discuss possibilities!)

PILL dovetails with the Improvoscopy project!

Improvoscopy logo draft NO wordsRemember the Improvoscopy:  Serious Play for Safe Care crowdsource funding project from last Winter?  We raised over $2,000 dollars to help build a website that would have teaching materials with the same idea.  While not enough for the entire project right away, this money is helping to fund both of the above projects which ultimately feed into the same concept of using improv to provide safer care, create healthier workplaces, and decrease burnout among healthcare professionals.  The people participating in PILL will become part of a pool of talent who will be invited to participate in a workshop where teaching and playing fundamental activities is filmed!  This will provide video bites to help others teach fundamentals!  And THIS project will dovetail with another project that I’ll tell you more about next month!


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Do REAL Nurse Authors Wear Scrubs?

photo-on-9-10-16-at-5-37-pm-2The answer is “YES”!  I find scrubs to be very comfortable and after over 25 years in direct care feel like I’ve earned the right to wear them!

In fact, one of my dreams is to go around the country teaching Medical Improv in my scrubs!

Recently, I was invited to try out a new line of scrubs from Barco Uniforms called Barco One, which I am wearing in these pictures. They feel different from my 100% cotton ones and I think give me a little more professional appearance.  Even the white long-sleeve T-shirt is part of the trial and light and flexible.  I would especially like this in a cool office or during the winter months.

Overall, I’d say sizes run a hair small.  This could be because I like loose clothing, but worth keeping in mind when ordering online.  The pants have a little elasticity to the fit and no wrinkles.  I can move in them IF I want!  When I first put on the pants I actually thought they’d be fun to dance in!

photo-on-9-10-16-at-5-37-pmHere I am walking nonchalantly to my desk.

photo-on-9-10-16-at-5-38-pmAnd here’s one where I suddenly have a great idea and am getting ready to run to my desk!

Thanks for the opportunity to try out Barco One scrubs.  I like them!

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RN’s Film to be Shown-Globe Film Festival Change Makers Screening

Nurses as Change Agents?  Seriously?  Oh yeah!!!

Last month I shared a post about Susan Farist Sue-B-and-OriosButler, RN, MSN, CS, PhD’s exciting short film about her process for making her home energy efficient.

Now there is even more exciting news to share:  her film Leaving the Carbon Economy has been invited to be shown at the Globe Film Festival Change Makers Screening on Sunday Oct 2 at 2 PM at the Brattle Theater at 

Go Sue Butler!



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