"You planned a trip during Superbowl Weekend?!?"

Wanda Holderman: January 31, 20080 Comments

Oops! My dear husband, even though both of us are looking forward to this trip to see our son in South Carolina that we have not seen in months, was not too pleased when he heard that I booked the trip over Superbowl Weekend....you see, our son is a professional pipe organist, is not too keen about sports or watching them, and so we may have to slip into a local sports bar (do they have those in South Carolina?) to see the game! Oh...that will be just great-you know they allow smoking in bars in other states, and on top of that, we don't even drink....oh well. How was I suppose to know, no one asked me if they could change the standard date of the Superbowl from the last weekend of January to the first weekend of February!

Well, goes to show that when we coordinate events, we need to do some checking around and be respectful and considerate of other people's schedules, input, and plans. In healthcare, there are so many constituents to think of when you're planning important functions-physicians, staff, leadership, other customers, etc. We also need to be willing to meet at "odd" times to meet the needs of the 24-7 healthcare culture.....recently a physician commented about coordination of a meeting that involved clinicians and how the time was 10:00 AM on a weekday, he said that is usually not too convenient for frontline care providers, and we need to be willing to meet at ten o'clock at night on a Friday if necessary.....okay, just as long as it doesn't conflict w/ ESPN's extreme sports cast on roller derby, caving or skeet shooting! :)