Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LaMothe Product Review: The Wellgate Women’s Slimfit Wrist Support

I had been feeling a little bit of pain in my right wrist and just thinking to myself that it will go away if I just rest it more when into my in box came a request for a product review from Wellgate for Women. Like manna from Heaven I said SURE! I’ll give it a try never thinking that it may just actually work! Before I say any more let me give you a few tips fromThe American Physical Therapy Association to help women avoid getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

• If you're typing, only move your fingers and keep your wrists straight. Consider using a keyboard pad to rest your wrists during breaks.

• When typing, maintain good posture to reduce strain. Make sure your spine is flush with the back of the chair, your shoulders are relaxed and feet are flat on the floor.

• Make sure your computer monitor is at eye level so you don't have to bend your neck.

• At home, take frequent breaks from activities that require repetitive motion. For example, if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen slicing and dicing, be aware that all that cutting can put a lot of strain on the wrist.

• Consider using a wrist brace at night or when playing sports to keep the wrist in a neutral position and allow it to rest.

I wish I had read this a few years ago! Needless to say that I have been trying out this Wellgate Slim Fit Wrist Support for about two weeks and it really does work. Not only is it comfortable but I actually like wearing it to bed. My wrist feels refreshed and everyone who knows what I do for a living understands that if your wrist is in pain the work just won't get done.

I highly recommend Wellgate’s Slimfit Wrist Support. They use memory foam and soft fabrics to provide comfort day or night, which is important as orthopedists often recommend wearing a brace to bed to help speed recovery which is exactly what I do.

Give it a try and tell me what you think!

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Gratitude in Your Organization

From my personal experiences, I always have a wonderful high that lasts the whole day when I feel that I am appreciated....and someone has actually taken the time to verbalize their gratitude to me. Read below about the 6 ways YOU can create a culture of Gratitude where you work. Thank YOU for reading!

Sharon LaMothe

LaMothe Services, LLC

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Gratitude in Your Organization

By: Liz Jazwiec

If you want to make this the season of gratitude at your organization, the following tips will help you hardwire workplace gratitude from the ground up.

Say thanks. When someone does something kind for you, whether it’s your boss, your coworker, or a stranger, recognize it. A simple “thanks” will do. “You can’t expect people to appreciate you if you don’t receive their kindnesses and compliments with thankfulness,” says Jazwiec. “Sure, you might be skeptical if your boss goes to a leadership conference, and upon his return starts handing out compliments left and right. But just stop and think. Are those compliments making people happy? When you are recognized, does it give you even just the tiniest little twinge of happiness?

Adopt an “it’s the thought that counts” attitude. Consider this scenario: A new VP at a hospital wants to do something special for her hardworking, overworked staff. It’s decided that pizza will be provided for the entire hospital staff, rolling out over a Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to ensure that every person on every shift can take a pizza break. The pizza plan goes into effect and the VP, who arranged everything, walks around the departments, expecting to be welcomed with open arms by an appreciative staff. Instead she finds that many of the teams taking care of patients are upset because they can’t leave their patients to go down to the cafeteria where the pizzas are located. Meanwhile they complain, the business office and IT staffs are able to go to the cafeteria as they please.

“Sometimes you have to take into account the intentions of your boss or your coworkers. If it is clear that they meant for something to be a way of thanking you or helping you, don’t complain about how they missed the mark. Thank them for thinking of you and move on.”
Communicate openly and honestly. If it’s gratitude you need, tell someone. Often your leaders or coworkers can be so tied up in their own tasks that they forget about those working around them. The natural reaction when this happens is to either hold in your negative feelings or complain to another coworker. But a more proactive stance might be to opt for open and honest communication.

Be prepared for some kind words. If you are unaccustomed to getting compliments, it may take some time for you to feel comfortable receiving them. Just practice and be prepared for some kind words.

Thank those you serve. Once you have mastered the gratitude thing with your bosses and your coworkers, you need to move on to the people you serve. “When I first told my staff that we ought to be thanking our patients, one of them replied, ‘What are we supposed to say? Thank you for breaking your leg?’” relates Jazwiec. “Obviously not. I suggested they say, ‘Thank you for putting your trust in us today.’ Regardless of your line of work, there is no better time to start showing your customers you appreciate them than in a slow economy.

Know that gratitude encourages repeat performances. Leaders, remember the behavior you recognize will be repeated. If you think an employee handled a disgruntled customer well or showed great proficiency in managing a group project, let him or her know about it and they’ll work hard to do the same, or even better, next time. And employees, if you acknowledge your boss’s efforts to show gratitude, they will keep doing it. Thank your boss for going to bat for you and your coworkers over a new piece of equipment you need or a pay raise dispute, and he or she will be more likely to do it again in the future.

About the AuthorLiz Jazwiec is a nationally renowned speaker, strategist, and consultant who has shared her passion for leadership, engagement, and service with audiences across the country.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Are You Ready for National Infertility Awareness Week? April 24th through April 30th

What a great opportunity RESOLVE has created in maintaining NIAW! Professionals in the field of collaborative reproduction can take the initiative by offering discounts, free services, and resources during this week to highlight their own businesses as well as their willingness to educate and assist those suffering with infertility. Take a moment to check out the RESOLVE website and see what you can do to make this week successful for everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Egg Donors Verses the ASRM: Antitrust Class Action Suit Filed

Yes, you read that headline right! Lindsay Kamakahi has sued the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), and the Pacific Fertility Center for "price fixing and reaping the anti-competitive profits for themselves". You can read all about it here in the Courthouse News Service and here is the actual file.

So the question is do egg donors have a case against these parties? I am not an attorney but in general I doubt it. However, this case is bound to shine yet another spotlight on what an egg donor is paid and how the infertility 'industry" is going about self regulation. Comments have been made that egg donors need to be protected and that they might be exploited however there are a lot of educational tools available not only within clinics, agency's, and not for profit sites but all over the Internet as well. But how does someone put a price on their own genetics? What kind of guidelines are being offered? The reality may be is that no one wants to think about selling their genetics...that's why it's called egg 'donation'. The compensation comes into play for the medical trauma and inconvenience of the donation itself. At the end of the day the Intended Parents maybe the ones who need protection. They are the people, after all, that will have to pay the upwards of $10,000.00+ bill. Perhaps the word donation will be removed from the third party family building vocabulary. We will all have to wait and see......

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's Time to Register for START ART (formally SMART ART)!!

Infertility is a challenging and rewarding field of nursing, and one that is evolving rapidly and dramatically, requiring nurses and other healthcare practitioners to constantly remain current with the latest state-of–the ART technology. Those in practice, as well as nurses in transition, accept that this ever changing arena requires an ongoing commitment to pursue new information, techniques, and best practices. And, equal in priority, is the IVF nurse’s sensitivity to parents’ quest to create families and the fragility of early embryonic life.
The Annual REI Nursing Congress: Scientific & Therapeutic Approaches To Assisted Reproductive Technology (STARTARTSM) provides a unique and comprehensive educational opportunity, featuring critical updates on the latest advances in reproductive medicine, from procedures and protocols to psychosocial and legal issues. The goal of this Congress is to provide late-breaking information and cutting-edge techniques to improve ART outcomes - a goal that is matched by the IVF nurses’ skills, compassion, and caring that make this field so remarkable. (This is a great educational tool for all agency owners too!)

SO if you haven't already heard, START ART (formally SMART ART) is scheduled for August 4-6 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas. The same place SMART ART was held last year. If you haven't experience this conference then I highly suggest that you consider it especially if you are a surrogacy or egg donation agency owner because I have always found the legal and mental health segments to be excellent. Its also great to know what some of the clinical aspects are in Assisted Reproductive Technology as well. Here are the program objectives:
  • Summarize recent advances in hormonal treatments and regimens involved in assisted reproductive technology (ART)
  • Distinguish strategies for modifying stimulation protocols to maximize outcomes
  • Describe clinical and laboratory features that predict response and prognosticate outcome with ART
  • Explain advances in laboratory techniques for oocyte preservation
  • Review impact and strategies for managing male factor infertility  
  • Discuss strategies to preserve fertility in cancer patients
  • Identify mental health, legal, and psychosocial issues encountered by infertile couples
  • Summarize various psychosocial issues and support strategies that clinicians can employ in working with infertile couples
  • Highlight recent advances in the fields of molecular genetics and proteomics as they impact the clinical practice of preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis
  • This activity is intended for the education of nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals specializing in reproductive medicine and assisted reproductive technology.
The beauty of this seminar is that it has been totally underwritten! This means that registration is FREE! Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tuition has been underwritten by an educational grant from EMD Serono and includes all scientific sessions, a course syllabus, CNE certification, and planned meal functions. (EMD Serono Inc. is an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)
I hope to see you in Las Vegas at START ART!