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March 2009, Volume 39 Number 3 , p 54 - 56


  • Carol J. Huston MSN, DPA, FAAN


 Huston, Carol J. MSN, DPA, FAAN

Issue: Volume 39(3), March 2009, p 54–56 Publication Type: [PROFESSIONAL GROWTH] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Carol J. Huston is a professor at California State University School of Nursing in Chico and the current president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

IT'S THE MAGIC MOMENT. You realize you can't possibly finish everything that needs to be done by the time it needs to be done. You feel overwhelmed because no matter how clear your priorities are, you can't meet the expectations placed on you.

Some people respond to this type of situation with a fight-or-flight response: Their pulse quickens, their pupils dilate, and they become flustered. Others become angry or resentful.

A more healthy and constructive reaction is to look at available options and take action. When you have too much to do and too little time, delegation isn't just an option; it's a necessity. In this ...

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