In the course of our work at Guardian Nurses, we often (ok, every day) have to deal with the federal healthcare privacy law called HIPAA. Since we are working on behalf of patients, we need to get their written authorization that we can speak with their clinical providers and request records from facilities. Patients easily . . . → Read More: HIPAA GONE WILD!
Though it comes the same time every year, the New Year’s holiday evokes anxiety in people who feel the need to “make resolutions” as they approach the new year. I take a different approach. Think of your resolution as a suggestion. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
For those of us working in the . . . → Read More: New Year’s Thoughts and Reminders
Like alot of folks at this time of year, I am taking some time to look back on 2012 and ‘close the books,’ as it were, on the year. As Oprah once commented, ‘every January 1st we get another shot at doing things right.’ And so here we go….the countdown to 2013 begins.
I’d . . . → Read More: Saying Goodbye to 2012.
There I sat, amidst close to 6,000 women attendees at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, listening to Arianna Huffington give her keynote presentation during lunch. What a pleasant surprise it was to hear her remarks! At times serious, then humorous, and back to serious again, I was impressed with her articulate, insightful comments about women . . . → Read More: Great Day at the PA Conference for Women!
Many thanks to the planning committee and volunteers who made the 2012 RN-AIM (Registered Nurse Association in Michigan) Annual Conference a smashing success! This year’s theme for the conference, on September 20th and 21st, was “Nurse As Advocate” and I was honored to be invited to give the keynote presentation to kick off the meeting.
. . . → Read More: Six Lessons for Nurse Advocates
We recently had a case in California which required us to frequently communicate telephonically with the nursing staff. We had the required signed HIPAA release on the chart (multiple times, in fact, as it continued to get ‘lost’) as well as the family’s verbal authorization to speak on their behalf with the clinical team.
. . . → Read More: Nurse Practice Act? C’MON…….
I do not ‘get’ lying. Never have, never will. I have been a nurse for more than 25 years, clearly most of my adult life. To my knowledge, there is not much lying in nursing, or in healthcare, for that matter. Peoples lives are at stake. Tends to change the dynamic a bit. When people . . . → Read More: Lying
My mom was not a religious woman. A woman of faith, yes. But a quiet faith that wasn’t flashy or ‘in your face.’ And through the years of raising her children, six in all, she was known to spout off a zinger, a memorable quote.
One that has come to mean more to me . . . → Read More: There but for the Grace of God…
Thirty years ago today, May 23rd, my mom died after a four month “battle” with what doctors said was liver cancer. Now that I know a little more (well, kind of…), I’m thinking it may have been pancreatic cancer. Still, 30 years ago today. So officially, I’ve been alive longer without my mom than with . . . → Read More: The Day That Changed My Life
Who around us hasn’t had the experience where you thought, “Wow, I don’t know why that just happened, but I’ll chalk it up to serendipity.” OK, maybe exactly those thoughts, but close enough.
There are alot of other synonyms for serendipity—-luck, karma, fate, destiny. Regardless of what you call it, it works!
Yesterday, a gorgeous . . . → Read More: I Love Serendipity.