We are looking for healthcare stories for Caring: Making a Difference One Story at a Time that will inspire, entertain and enlighten readers. Your story can be about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

It can be a slice-of-life depiction of an important and influential experience or relationship in your life. It can be personal and filled with emotion and drama. The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of compassion, service or courage for another person. A good story covers the range of human emotions. It may cause tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these. (Writing Tips)

Below are several lists of subjects and themes. They are ideas for the types of stories we want in the book. Pick a subject and connect it with a theme or pick a theme and connect it with a subject. Use these ideas as triggers to help you zero in on your story.

Themes

Come up with your story. Think about something exciting, sad or funny that has happened to you or someone you know - a colleague, a patient or teacher; something that is connected to healthcare; something you saw or did that made a difference in your life or someone else’s.

  • Extraordinary achievements and experiences of "ordinary" people

  • Life-changing, life-affirming, or life-defining experiences and relationships

  • Epiphany, synchronicity, serendipity

  • Finding/giving comfort in difficult times

  • Triumph over tragedy; overcoming adversity or challenges

  • Life's blessings and miracles, big and small

  • Finding the silver lining in a dark cloud; turning lemons into lemonade

  • Relationships and experiences that bring hope, understanding, healing

  • Catalysts for and examples of positive change; acts of kindness and compassion.

Subjects

  • Compassion – stories that describe acts of caring and kindness; the healing power of love; acts of tenderness and compassion; acts of generosity.

  • Teaching and Learning – stories that show caring, compassion and creativity in the art of teaching and learning with patients, colleagues, students or others.

  • Overcoming Obstacles – stories that demonstrate how you have triumphed over your own personal obstacles or supported someone over theirs.

  • Bringing Perspective - stories that reveal how your experience of an event is effected by your point of view; that there is more than one way to see and interpret the same event; and that as we change our point of view, we actually change our experience.

  • Attitude and Beliefs - stories that demonstrate how your attitudes and beliefs control your perception of reality and your behavior.

  • Death and Dying - stories about the power of the human spirit to confront loss through spiritual understanding, healing acts of love and kindness, and through humor.

  • Aging - stories about older people who are making remarkable contributions to society, who are challenging the stereotypes of aging, and who are living without limitations.

  • Living Your Dream - stories that demonstrate the power of believing in your dream, the power of goal setting, the wisdom of trusting and following your heart, the power of giving encouragement and the importance of asking for and being open to receiving assistance from other people.

  • Eclectic Wisdom - stories that don’t fit into any other subjects. These could be stories about any aspect of healthcare that is emotionally moving, touching, inspiring and insightful.

Here are some other more Kaiser-esque themes/ subjects for you to consider

  • Integrity – ethical strength, character, honesty

  • Partnership – connection, cooperation

  • Diversity – differences, variety

  • Accountability – responsibility

  • Flexibility – “bounce”, spring, resiliency, workable

  • Innovation – creativity, inventiveness, fresh, different

  • Quality – excellence, first class, superb

  • Service – kind, caring, compassionate

  • Results – outcome, end product, effect.

You have a story; maybe even more than one. It might be something that has happened to you personally or something that you have witnessed; an event; something about a colleague. Tell us. Be creative. Be original but remember the story must be true. (Story Guidelines)

We are hoping that Caring: Making a Difference One Story at a Time will have heart, but also something extra…an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about ourselves as healthcare professionals.