5 Things I learned (re-learned) in 2008

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

2008 was the year of confessed economic crisis in the United States. 2008 was the year everyone declared ‘change’. 2008 was just the beginning of families coming back to what matters most – each other. In these times of economic difficulties, people were forced to stay home in order to just put gas in their vehicle for work. Time spent at home seems to be a new found enjoyment. Board games, home cooked meals, reading books…now some may have done these activities before, but I’m sure all can agree that the number of people doing these activities has increased tremendously.

The first thing I (re)learned in 2008 is to enjoy going back to my roots.

This past year has been a year of transformation. Friends have learned the joy that comes when enjoying the company of loved ones over for home cooked pot-pie 😉 I have learned to not take things for granted and be thankful for my family who love me so much and accept me as I am (trust me, that’s a challenge). To love those around me because there is less value in money when compared to the value of loved ones here, now. Sitting and talking to my mother or family from the Philippines has been refreshing and reminded me that I love big families.

Keep on truckin’

Working in healthcare has definitely taken its toll on my stress level this past year. 2008 was a year to break trends and create a new pattern (people working in LTC know what I’m talking about). Being in Sales and Marketing, we rely heavily on trending and forecasting when creating budgets and goals for the upcoming year. If there was a run chart of business transactions, not effort, the line would be hugging the x-axis…in other words, business was not how I preferred it to be in 08. However, for every surprise or uncontrollable outcome I was able to stay focused and keep truckin’. All of the activity my department has been doing has not been in vain as the outcomes have been very positive. So stay focused, keep your eye on the prize. You WILL get there! A great phrase I learned from Mary Kay is ‘plan your work, work your plan’.

Reading is fun

I have learned to turn the television off and open the book J Okay okay, I must admit that I have been labeled as the ‘nerd’ amongst my friends. I have always been addicted to non-fiction books. However, this year I have learned to appreciate fiction. Nothing is better than to become enraptured by an author’s book that makes you think, feel and see things new and different. I AGREE that books are better than movies. I would have been the first to disagree in 2007, but not this year. I will read a 400 page book (if it’s really good of course) over a 2-3 hour movie any day (unless the actors are good looking;)

iPhones ROCK!

I am sure everyone wants an iPhone because of the status it may claim. As for myself I was more of a Blackberry type of girl, still kind of am when it comes to the calendar and receiving emails…Last year I received an iPhone for Christmas. Amazing gift. Not what I wanted. Those I told of my disappointment just gave me a look of disgust and disapproval. For business purposes I was not receiving my emails in a timely manner nor was I able to manipulate the calendar in ways I am used to…for example, with a Blackberry. Finally, I have learned to appreciate and LOVE the iPod features, App Store and Maps. The iPod has given me an outlet to enjoy an endless amount of music, videos and especially…drumroll please…podcasts and audiobooks. Whether I am in my car, office, home, room, walking on a deserted street in the middle of nowhere bored out of my mind, I can always feel at peace to know I can listen to a motivational book, watch crazy podcasts or sing along with some Kings of Leon.

Last but not least:

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Between economic hardships, challenging times at work and other stressful people I have let go of the common saying ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’. As a matter of fact I have the book from when that mentality was all the rage. It is time to wipe of the dust and re-read. The news continuously showed murders, beatings and even road rage. We just need to let go of the small stuff, not take everything personally (especially in a business environment) and focus on what matters most. Being in healthcare, I know the importance to take care of your body as it is your vessel for this limited journey called life. Stress weakens your immune system (it does mine), makes you break out, lose loved ones, get fired, get hurt, gives heart palpitations and high blood pressure to name a few. So don’t sweat it. Let it go.

These are the things I have (re)learned in 2008 and will bring with me into 2009 in hopes of an improved Pribble.  Just thoughts I’m sharing…hope some of you can relate.

Make it a great day!

M

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Changes.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Hello!

Today has been pretty long day, short on hours and long on ‘to-do’ lists.  However, I decided to finally update my blog site.  My original site was AccordingtoPribble.weebly.com.  Thank you to the wonderful world wide web, I have discovered Wordpress.com and have decided to transport my blog to this site.  So far, the transition has been easier than I expected and the user interface is ten times more user friendly.

In my transition to WordPress.com, I have transferred past blog inserts to this page.  So every blog entry below was actually posted sometime in 2008…sorry for any confusion 🙂

Enjoy!  I hope this is a helpful resource for anyone out there looking to learn more about healthcare, business or the world according to Pribble.

M

Good books. Good email updates.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Gitomer.  Need I say more?  That one words sells itself, check him out and read his books.

Categories: Motivation/Business

Good Magazine.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment
*from pinkmagazine.com

*from pinkmagazine.com

A close friend, a female business professional, shared the wonderful world of PINKPINK is a magazine targeted toward female entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Every issue covers topics regarding techniques to increase revenue, maximize your personal marketability in the workforce, balance worklife with personal life and the list goes on and on.

A benefit of this magazine, in my opinion of course, is the reality of women climbing mountains and surpassing male counterparts.  No offense to the men, but let’s face it women like to hear that they can do it and are encouraged especially when another woman has crushed the glass ceiling in Corporate America.  Another benefit from PINK is the overabundance of resources available, not only from the magazine but also from the website pinkmagazine.com.  So, if you are a night owl like me you will find the website very useful.  Sometimes I get the itch to do business research at 1 a.m. and PINK is readily available for me online with articles, suggested readings and informational videos.

An investment of $15 for 12 issues will hardly break the bank.  Especially in these difficult economic times, businesses are constantly trying to find new and innovative ways to increase revenue or just keep the business they currently have.  Trust me, I know and I welcome every resources and idea I stumble across.

Enjoy!

Good Read.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment
*from Barnesandnoble.com

*from Barnesandnoble.com

I love to read books, both fictional and non-fictional.  The great thing about a non-fiction book is the ability to apply suggestions or techniques in real life.

I generally spend a minimum of 2 hours in my car every day during work.  My office is my car.  What better time to multitask than when driving.  No, I am not suggesting dial or text message while driving.  Nor am I suggesting to email while driving.  However, the iPhone is a brilliant invention that is easy on the eyes, durable and has a million (I’m exaggerating) different uses.  Most importantly, the iPhone has the capability to download podcasts or audiobooks!  I LOVE IT!

An audiobook I recently downloaded was Think Big and Kick A$$ by Donald Trump and Bill Zanker.  The book has a great no BS type vibe that shoots it to you straight.  There is nothing I like more than to not beat around the bush and shoot it to me straight…tell me like it is.  With Bill Zanker narrating, he is able to give that Donald Trump umph when listening to the audiobook.  When I get to my next destination to visit a client, the moment I step foot onto the cement and close the car door – I’m in the zone.

If you have read this book or own the audiobook, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy!

SNFs. New Five-Star Rating System.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The time has come where CMS has created a new 5-star rating system for Skilled Nursing Facilities across the nation representing over 16,000 facilities.  The new rating system will make the decision making process a little easier for patients and/or their families when it comes to choosing a SNF.  This new Zagat-like rating system is only to assist in the research for finding a quality facility.  I always strongly suggest that family and friends visit the facility and meet the team (administrative staff, nursing and rehab) to get a feel as to what kind of attention the patient and family will receive.  USAToday had written a great article regarding this new 5-star rating system on December 20, 2008, here is the link:

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20081219/editorial19_st.art.htm

First of all, you may be asking yourself what is CMS?  CMS is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  In Pribble’s terms, CMS assists Facilities by establishing guidelines to ensure quality healthcare is given.  In addition to establishing guidelines, Pribble likes to refer to CMS as an invisible managed care entity managing Medicare.

Now we have CMS somewhat established or identified, onto the next step: How do I access the five-star rating system?

Easy.  Just visit this website:  http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Include/DataSection/Questions/ProximitySearch.asp
Then, follow the easy instructions to find a listing of Skilled Nursing Facilities located in your area.  And voila! the results populate your computer screen with all of the facilities in your area and with corresponding rankings.

Please remember this is just another tool or resource for the community.  This rating system is to create an easy to read tool for your hunt on a SNF or Nursing Home.  Hope this assists with your search in finding the most suitable Skilled Nursing Facility for short term care rehabilitation or long term care.  For a couple of pointers on your search for a SNF, please read the section below on Skilled Nursing Facilities. 

 Have an Amazing Day!

M

Patient Choice.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

2218743This is a friendly reminder:  When choosing a healthcare professional or establishment, the choice is yours.

People are misled at times or perhaps just not knowledgeable of the fact that the patient has a choice.  If a physician states that you or a loved one cannot go to a particular healthcare facility, whether it be a hospital or rehab center, you CAN.  I am not suggesting to go against medical advice, as your Physician is the expert in his or her field.  However, if you feel as though you have no options or feel forced to make a decision always ask your Doctor why. 

Why is Dr. X refusing to send mom to Hospital A?  Is it because they are not comfortable with quality of care?  Or, is it because Dr. X does not follow at Hospital A and wants to ensure mom gets continuity of care?  Perhaps, it is simply because their counterpart follows at Hospital B and they want to refer mom to Dr. Y.

Also, do not feel as though you will have to drive 1 hour to Hospital A because it is ‘in-network’ with your insurance.  However, should you decide to drive to Hospital A, as opposed to your in-network Hospital B, you will be financially responsible.  Remember that quality of care is EXTREMELY important.  When making decisions regarding your health focus on the quality of care received.  We only have one life to live, so be sure to take care of yourself and your health.

Hope you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!