Warrior of the Week: Ryan J. Sheets

Meet Ryan J. Sheets, the VP & COO of Clear Medical Solutions, an innovative healthcare staffing & consulting firm that is changing the healthcare world.

Ryan is the best person I have ever worked with.  Ever.

  • He’s always thinking.
  • Every client loves working with him.
  • Every team member loves working for him.

Healthcare is a 24/7 world, and Ryan has given up thousands of hours of sleep and “personal time” to support his team or help with complex client needs, regardless of what hour they may pop up.

Sometimes he’s a 3am Warrior.

Yet, never does he complain.  Never does he snap on his colleagues or clients, no matter what they do.  He gives.  He gives. And then he gives more.  Just when you think there is no more to give…

…he gives some more.

He’s a true servant leader and his passion for people is helping change an industry.  This probably sounds ridiculous, but after working with thousands of people, he is the best I have ever worked with.

That’s why he’s this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.

If you know another 8pm Warrior that deserves to be featured, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting @8pmWarrior, or posting info on the 8pm Warrior facebook forum.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

The Things We Make…

…Make Us.

At least that’s what the Jeep said this summer when they unveiled their newest creation (here’s the YouTube link: http://bit.ly/b9TFd2).  It just begs the question:

What do you make?

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Unknown

When we started the Clear Medical Solutions group back in 2007, we decided that we were going to “make” happiness for the people we work with, and guess what? 

It “makes” us happy.

With so many nurses, physicians, therapists, HIM’ers, and leaders suffering from fatigue, burnout, and mountains of paperwork, we figured happiness is something that would make a huge impact in our industry (and more importantly, our world).

So now every day we get together to pursue happiness for our people.  I always say that I’m the luckiest guy because I get to love my work, help people, chase goals, and make a career out of it every single day.  Yeah, it’s a battle sometimes (especially in this economy)…but it’s a battle worth fighting. 

Thanks for all the support.

If you know of any healthcare organizations that need someone, our people can be the solution.  We’ve built a nationwide medical community and we’d love to put it to good use making a difference. 

Let’s work together.

Medical Professionals Top the List of “Least Productive without Coffee”

I thought it would be fun to share a study I just read while drinking my coffee this morning. 

According to a new survey commissioned by CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts, the top 5 professions with the highest percentage of workers stating they are less productive without coffee are:

1) Nurses
2) Physicians
3) Hotel workers
4) Designers/Architects
5) Financial/Insurance sales representatives 

Steve's Morning Ritual

Big shocker…right?  ;-) 

With the 24/7 nature of our industry, it’s no surprise that we’re all tired.  One of our nurses regularly drinks a mix of Gatorade and 5 Hour Energy shots, and none of us were surprised when a picture (right) surfaced of one of our nursing/therapy agent’s morning caffeine routine.

“The Coffee Effect”

  • 40% of American workers aged 18 to 24 admit they can’t concentrate as well without coffee.  43% of workers aged 18 to 34 stated they have lower energy if they don’t drink coffee.
  • More than 2 in 5 American workers claim they are less productive without coffee.  Workers in the Northeast U.S. stated they are the most dependent on coffee, with 48% of people claiming they are less productive without coffee, compared to the South at 45%, West at 44%and Midwest at 34%.
  • 37% of American workers drink 2 or more cups of coffee during their workday.

How about you?  Do you need coffee?

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

A Salute to the 8pm Warriors Among Us

 

Still in the office at 8pm?

Unless your workday begins at noon, that’s a sure sign you’re probably working on something important.  It’s probably also a good sign sign that the project is probably in great hands.

While it’s probably not healthy to work in the office 8 to 8 every day, sometimes duty calls…and it’s the special people that answer.

Whether it be the deadline for that new building project finance package, the EMR implementation that has go-live around the corner, the new administrator helping to rally the staff on the NOC and PM shifts, or the hundreds of other scenarios we see at Clear Medical Solutions…it is important that someone takes the ball and runs with it.

You know who you are, and thanks for giving it everything you got when something important is on the line.  I’ve taken part in quite a few “after hours” adventures, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Thanks for being great, and if you ever need help we’ll be “8pm Warriors” right with you. 

 

Special thanks to our agents at our Clear Medical Agency division.  I am continually amazed and inspired at what you accomplish long after most have gone home for the day.  Keep up the great work, you’re starting to make a huge difference in the lives of the consultants, nurses, therapists, and hospital leaders you work with.

 

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.

Love People, Use Things

As we get ready for our fall internship program, I’m giving some thought to what I’d like our interns to take away from the program.  I think this is it:    
Love People, Use Things.  Not the other way around.    

We started the Clear Medical Agency division back in 2007 to focus on people and their needs and to ultimately make a difference in the world by serving one person, one facility at a time.  Slowly but surely, we’ve add more and more people and facilities to our family (3 new hospitals in July), and I honestly believe that our people have changed their part of the world.    

Opening Day Tailgate Party

Granted, since we’re humans, we’ve also made some mistakes along the way as well.   

However, the guiding principle that we’ve tried to live by since Day 1 was the love of people and their individual strengths and personalities.  We’ve built a culture of caring, and I think it’s made all the difference in the world.       

I believe that’s where it all begins…      

By the way, if you know of any bright, caring college students that are looking for a great internship, please send them our way.  We’re looking for 6, and we’ve got a couple openings left.   

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.

The End of the (Career) World as We Know it? (Part 3)

The last couple days, I’ve share some thoughts on the career research that Clear Medical Agency has been doing:

  1. The rise of the (healthcare) machines
  2. Billions of underemployed people connected through the internet

Today I want to touch on the second one:

Exhibit B:  The Mechanical Turk

After reading about the new advanced robotic systems being employed around the world, you might say to yourself, “but computers and machines can only do so much”. 

You’d be right. 

But what happens when you take billions of underemployed people (some displaced because of machines) from around the world, cut up hundreds of thousands of bite sized functions for them to work on via the internet, and then feed it to them?

You get…the Mechanical Turk

See how it works:

https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Mechanical_Turk

$0.10 anyone?

Relating this to healthcare, I’m wondering if we’ll ever see the day when patients log on to see the first available doctor via the internet.  We already have telemedicine and telemetry…

Your thoughts?

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.

Happy Birthday…to us!

It began with a dream, some amazing people, and almost unlimited passion.

Now, after just three years, the Clear Medical Solutions group is one of the fastest growing healthcare groups in the United States and has the potential to touch the lives of millions of healthcare professionals, patients, and leaders around the country. 

You may be wondering why we’re celebrating three years. It doesn’t sound like a particularily big deal. However, studies show that 8 out of 10 companies fail in the first three years, and the last three years haven’t exactly been in a booming economy.

So, how does it feel?

It feels like…

…seeing your child come into the world
…the “first kiss”
…crossing the finish line
…a hug from a very old friend
…watching the sun rise over the ocean

It feels amazing, and we’re glad you’re here celebrating with us.

We wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at those who’ve help make the dream a reality, and share some of our favorite moments so we put together a short video to share with you.

Celebrating Three Years

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!

Thank You for Your Sacrifice!

Getting called in at 3:00 AM for an emergency…working double shifts when the unit is short…verbal and physical abuse from ungrateful patients…pushing yourself further and further…and further yet. 

For what?

Outsiders would say that it’s for the money, but I find that amusing.  If someone is smart enough to go through all the years of school (and get into that particular school in the first place), they are smart enough to get a very well-paying job that doesn’t have people suing them, barking at them, waking them up, or exhausting them for their entire career.  On top of that, when you take out student loan interest, taxes, and malpractice insurance, the outside world looks even better.

That’s why I believe it is a sacrifice. 

But it’s not just physicians, nurses, or other clinical people.  It’s many others in our industry, as well. 

I know CFO’s and CEO’s working till 9pm regularly to make building projects happen.  I know surgeons that leave home for the OR around 4 AM many days, get home at 6 PM, and then get called back later that day when they’re on call.  Not just for a week, but for a career. 

I know nurses covering double the normal patient loan when the unit is short, and it’s short a lot.  I know specialists that skip sleep after a night of responding to emergencies, just to make sure they get their clinic visits fit in.  I know Agents at Clear Medical Agency who have worked for days (and sometimes weeks) on little to no sleep in order to support these same people during their tough times.

I’ve seen the leadership challenges.  I’ve seen the exhaustion. 

I’ve seen the sacrifice.

For many people around the world, this time of year (Passover and Easter) is about Sacrifice.  I think it’s a great time to thank you for your sacrifice to others.  Pass it on!

For those of you who have to work on Easter.  Thank you for yet another sacrifice.  For those who get the day off, enjoy a well deserved break!

Thank you!

 

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He enjoys teaching, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.