With the summer season fast approaching, your thoughts may be turning to where you’ll be spending your vacation time. Perhaps you enjoy lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun, while you bury yourself in a good book. Others may enjoy ‘quiet time’ on the golf course or in their backyard pool. . . . → Read More: This Summer, Go With Your Own Glow!!!
I love Nurses’ Week. It is only fitting that every year since 1954, the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingales’ mission to the Crimean War, the nursing community is celebrated. Nurses’ WEEK begins on May 6th (since 1982) and runs the full week, ending on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
I love Nurses’ Week and . . . → Read More: Happy Nurses’ Week!
Through the years of healthcare innovation and reform, even going as far back as the 1990′s, one of the favorite rallying cries of administrators is delivering and offering “patient centered care.” When I first heard the phrase, as a manager in an acute care hospital, I thought, “Um, isn’t that what we WERE delivering?” I . . . → Read More: “Patient Centered Care? Absolutely! I’ll Get to That Right After My Meeting.”
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Several weeks ago, many of us and our families were in the midst of dealing with Hurricane (aka Super Storm) Sandy and her destructive aftermath. Days without power or heat, homes destroyed by flooding and fallen trees, and communications limited by our cable, internet and phone providers. And . . . → Read More: Next Storm? Protect Your Loved One Who Has Dementia
As I have made mention of in previous posts, I love language and words. And the occasional humorous terminology as it is used without intending to be humorous, in healthcare. I guess only nurses like me find it funny.
Take for instance the sentence, “The liver is unremarkable.” This sentence was part of an abdominal . . . → Read More: “The liver is unremarkable”
Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month.
Here are some good-to-know facts about our country’s blood supply from the American Red Cross:
The demand for transfusions is growing faster than donations. Less than 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood. Blood cannot be manufactured—it can only come . . . → Read More: Resolve This Year To Give Blood
This week, I was driving on the PA Turnpike en route to Hershey Medical Center where I was planning to visit a patient and her family. During my trip, I checked in by phone (hands free, bluetooth!) with another client whose dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. Our plan was to talk that day so . . . → Read More: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Hershey
I love words and language as much as the next gal. Really. I studied journalism in college and have always enjoyed writing. Part of the reason I enjoy producing this blog. So lately I’ve been thinking about all of the words and terms that we use every day in healthcare—even some of the new ones. . . . → Read More: The Marketing of Healthcare
This past week, I was struck by two separate incidents that highlighted the need for family members to talk to each other. One particular story involves a friend and colleague, in her 40′s, who after experiencing symptoms for weeks, finally relented and visited her primary care physician. After an examination and a thorough history, and . . . → Read More: Family Secrets…”I Didn’t Know My Mom Had…”
With thanks to Charles Dickens and his 1859 novel, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Surely, his words could be applied to our country’s healthcare system. But never was it so apparent (this week) that patients need advocates as it was when I interacted with two case managers, on . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Case Managers