Ask Darlene

Have you ever reached a website either by accident or on purpose, looking for something specific that you need?  You read through a few posts and search around for a couple of minutes (your time is valuable) and you think you are on the right track, but the burning question or problem you need solved or addressed is not jumping out from the site.  This has happened to me SO many times, to the point that I wonder if I am wasting my time.  That’s why I created this page – a place where you can get to the heart of what you need to know by asking me directly.  Not having somewhere to go and someone to ask about an issue you are dealing with in your job or personal life that affects you every day is a common concern I hear.

So ask me your question, unload what is bothering you or holding you back from making progress in your day to day work.  Your question will be kept anonymous, and my response to you will be personal.  I may use your question in a blog post if your concern is something that others can learn from.  Most importantly, this is about YOU, being able to start to move from where you are with an issue to where you really want to be.  YOU MATTER!


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Q&A: Discouraged at Work


I am so discouraged by what I see going on all around me at work.  I have been a nurse for 25 years, and people just don’t seem to care anymore.  I love being a nurse, but I just don’t see the leadership changing in this organization, so I feel the only option I have is to quit.  What else can I do?



Most nurses are in their profession because they do care; about what they do and the people they serve.  Changes to healthcare delivery have affected all healthcare professionals not only in what they do but how they do.  You are only accountable for yourself and the choices you make.  This may be the perfect time to focus on YOU.  Get clear on what it is you want; reconnect with why you are a nurse and how important that is to you.  All kinds of challenges and issues that you may be facing in your job and career could be affecting your thinking and lead to frustration and defeat.  Zoom out from your busy life and get some context, and remind yourself that you are a valuable member of the healthcare team.  You can make a difference as a force of one.  You can lead by example and positively influence others around you.  You can lead right where you are planted.  Coaching may help you get clarity on where you are and discover where you want to be.