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!


Facebook for Healthcare 101

For the sake of keeping this short enough, I’m going to assume that you’ve registered on facebook.com and have gone through their quick setup process.  For help getting started, follow facebook’s recommended setup steps and check out this 8 minute guide for new facebook users.

Congratulations, you are now part of the largest social network in the world!

Here’s some basic info about the human network you’ve just joined:

  • Earlier this year, it was named #1 most visited website in the US (more than Google)
  • Every month 30,000,000,000 pieces of information (links, pictures, videos, etc.) are shared by its 500+ million users
  • People spend 700,000,000,000 minutes per month on facebook

That’s a lot of zeros! 

During the sign-up process, you should have gone through facebook’s step by step guide to setup your profile and find your friends.  Don’t worry if you don’t have many friends on facebook right away.  Believe me, they will come.  (An 80+ year-old relative of mine signed up a couple months ago and has at least 20 friends now on facebook) 

Now let’s bring the professional side into it.  I truly believe that facebook has the potential be a major force in supporting healthcare professionals to reduce burnout, share best practices, and get quick answers to issues.  Using facebook as a tool, communities have formed to provide peer support and helpful Q&A.

Here are some of my personal favorite facebook communities:

Specifically, notice how the first two groups have a lot of people answering the questions of their group members on their “Wall” tab.  I would recommend using the search box on the top of the facebook screen to find other associations that you are a member of offline. 

Next step?  Jump in!  Comment.  Post questions.  Help others.  These communities are built on us, and they are at their best when you and I are sharing.

Have questions about facebook?  Post questions you might have in the comment box below and I’ll see if I can help.

The New Linkedin

We’ve been using Linkedin since late 2006 to help bring healthcare professionals together (for free) to find answers to questions we all have.  It’s been growing slowly, but surely, and now we’re up to almost 1,000 members in our Linkedin forums.

Now, it looks like Linkedin is making some significant changes (see the great article below written by a nurse in one of our groups).  We thought you might be interested to see how the next big thing in Social Networking will work.

If you’re curious what we’ve been up to on Linkedin, feel free to check out some of these links. Feel free to join in the discussion.

Follow us at:  ClearLinkedin.com

For all healthcare professionals: HealthcareLinked.com

For nurses:  LinkedNurses.com
For physicians:  LinkedDoctors.com
For health information management (HIM) professionals: http://www.LinkedHIM.com

LinkedIn Revamped Site Now Puts It In Direct Competition With Facebook And Twitter LinkedIn is starting to roll out their new innovation – “Signal” to members now, with the beta service becoming available to all LinkedIn members over the next few weeks. While Facebook dramatically aggregated 550 million active users of all sorts over the last six years, skewing toward the young, LinkedIn—almost a year older—quietly amassed 80 million. The difference is that LinkedIn’s members are almost without exception sophisticated professio … Read More

via Red Brand Media – Social Media Strategists – Toronto, Canada

Experience First, Money Later

In healthcare, I see how reality has not matched the promise of easy employment after school in lucrative “shortage” jobs.

Have you ever heard these lines before?

“Your profession will be in high demand”

“Because of the shortage, you’ll have no problem getting a job after school”

“You can expect relatively high wages for this career path”

I see many newly graduated Therapists, Medical Coders, RHIA’s, RHIT’s, and even nurses join the Clear Medical Network on a daily basis, and many of them are having a hard time finding the type of employment they were expecting after school in this economy.

Not the right pay.  Not the right specialty.  Not the right type of facility.  At least not until they have experience. 

What does this mean?  For those of you who are graduating soon or have just graduated, it’s important to realize that everyone is paid in two ways:  money and experience.  It seems that in this economy, sometimes grads have to work (sometimes for less pay) to earn experience before they will earn the higher pay others with more experience are earning.  

Even RN’s I know that want careers in a specific specialty (L&D, ED, etc.) or type of facility have had to volunteer (yes, for free) at the type of place where they want to work, all the while working in a clinic/unit that they don’t get excited about.

Reality?  I’m afraid so.

For those of you still in school or deciding on a career, please know that careers in nursing, medicine, therapy, coding, and so many other healthcare positions will indeed be great careers in the long run.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that we’re looking at a 22.5% increase in new jobs in our industry by 2018.  Combine that with Baby Boomers starting to retire, and it’s obvious that there will be a shortage.

Just don’t expect it to feel like it right now. 

If you’re looking for mentoring, advice, or career opportunities, we started the free Clear Medical Network to bring experienced healthcare professionals together with new grads and students to help bridge the gap of experience. 

Hang in there, it’s worth it.  It’s a wonderful career to care for your neighbors when they need it most.


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 Dawn of a New Era in Healthcare?

Some have likened the Social Media phenomenon (facebook, blogging, twitter, Linkedin, etc.) to the invention of the printing press and how it has since changed the world.

We completely agree.

In 2009, we built the Clear Medical Network to lay the foundation for a more connected healthcare industry. Now with over 60,000 connections made, we’ve seen the power of the revolution begin to make a difference in the lives and practices of nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals.

It looks like we’re now in good company!

The other day, the Mayo Clinic announced the launch of their Center for Social Media, which it says will expand social media tools beyond the traditional marketing role to help staff, physicians and patients stay more informed and connected.

To see a sample of what we’ve been up to and the difference it’s making, check out the blog posting from earlier on our Nursing Blog:

Top Nursing Resources on FacebookWith so many people on facebook now, it is easier than ever before to find resources, support from other nurses, and stay in touch with what’s going on in our field.  We’ve gone through facebook looking for well run, growing, fun places for nurses and we wanted to share some of our favorites: Nurse Circle – Nursing Support and Idea Forum Nurses Night Out – Social Nursing Page ER Nurses – Emergency Room Nurses Group (700 members) ICU Nurses – Cr … Read More

via Clear Nursing Matters

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Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

During my Monday morning reading, I came across the following quote:

“Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

– Plato

I’ll confess that for some odd reason, it gives me comfort.  If true, this ancient quote declares that I’m not alone!  And, neither are you… 

Literally hundreds of us will fight similar battles against deadlines, shortages, budgets, staff issues, self doubt, and so much more.  And from time to time, we’ll need each other to get through it. 

It’s a great reminder why we started the Clear Medical Network and the many associated peer support groups on Linkedin and Facebook.  We all need someone to lean on.

If we can help, lean on us…

one source of support


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


Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!

Social Media Savvy

(This post is part 3 of a short series on 4 Skills for Healthcare Leaders)

Just like the nurse I mentioned that was tweeting about her boring meeting, your employees and patients are probably tweeting or facebooking about things they don’t like too (or maybe things they do like). 

I would suggest that in order to maximize success as a leader at your facility, you will want to not only listen, but engage your stakeholders in a social way in order to learn more about them and their needs.  Listening to their needs shouldn’t be a new idea, it’s just nowadays when someone is unhappy, 10,000 people hear about it within 5 minutes.

There is no more hiding the bad…or the good!

Don’t believe me?  Check out http://www.SocialMention.com and try searching “Clear Medical Network” or the name of your facility in parentheses. 


The key issue is that your reputation matters for recruiting and retaining hard to find:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Surgeons
  • Therapists
  • Executives
  • and others

In order to operate and flourish in an industry facing these shortages of skilled people, you (not just HR or Marketing) will need to find and engage your future doctors, executives, nurses, patients, and everyone else.  On top of that, you also have marketing to patients as well. 

That is why I believe that having Social Media Savvy will be a key skill.

We’ll see you tomorrow for the third skill topic: Caring.


Learn about Social Media:

  1. Guide to Twitter:  http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
  2. Guide to Facebook: http://mashable.com/guidebook/facebook/
  3. Social Media in Healthcare:  http://www.ClearMedicalNetwork.com


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.