Update from ASPAN Region 3 Director
Exercise and developing our physical bodies are a common topic of discussion. Why is exercising and strengthening our brains not as common? Did you know there are things you can do to become smarter and stronger? John Medina a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant wrote a book, Brain Rules. ¹ In the book, he talks about 12 strategies to build your brain. “Attention” was one technique that stood out to me.
Focusing our attention on one thing at a time may seem to take longer. The claim that we can multitask is false when it comes to brain science. The brain naturally focuses on concepts sequentially, one at a time. Studies show that it takes a person who is interrupted 50 percent longer to accomplish a task. They are likely to make up to 50 percent more errors ¹. Science states it is worth it to focus than to have too re-do it. Try scheduling some “focused time” on your calendar to keep on task and see what a difference it can make.
You can make a difference in someone’s life when you focus your attention on our fellow members and colleagues. Focused attention! Show them you care. Invite them to attend a conference or come to a meeting.
Starting in September, many components will start to offer their conferences. Component Development Institute will take place in Kansas City, Missouri on November 13th. This is open for any member and if you have never attended, I would strongly encourage you to do so. Topics will include membership and marketing, communications, succession planning, and much more.
Well, I hope I haven’t lost your attention and that I have encouraged you to follow some
brain rules. One last shout out to Snooze News! Congratulations OPANA for winning
the 9–14-page category for the newsletter contest! So amazing the high-quality and
Deb Moengen BSN RN CPAN
Region 3 Director
Medina, John, Brain Rules, Seattle: Pear Press, 2008.