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!
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.
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.
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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.
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Last week a good friend had bilateral knee replacements and chose to ‘buy up’ for her recovery by selecting the hospital’s “Concierge Unit.” Many hospitals now offer such a unit, requiring patients to pay out of pocket per night in addition to their expected insurance payment. In my friend’s case, it was $40o each night. . . . → Read More: $400 Per Night and Still No Benadryl Ointment!!
Earlier this year, I made a promise to myself that I would schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. After all, as I have shared with you before in other venues, my childhood vacations on the beach at Wildwood, NJ were often marred with an enthusiastic sunburn. And it’s also quite likely that years of playing . . . → Read More: A Promise I’m Glad I Kept.
Somehow it seems appropriate a few days before April 15th to write that the two things absolutely certain in our lives are death and taxes.
And on April 16th, we recognize the 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Seems like good timing, yes?
This date was created to “inspire, educate . . . → Read More: Death is Not Failure
For many people, organ transplantations are just something we occasionally read about in the news, if at all. (Of course, a donor heart being given to a former vice president always makes the news.) But for the team at Guardian Nurses, organ transplantations are a much greater part of our day to day reality. We . . . → Read More: Even With A New Liver, Sometimes Patients Die
This week I hosted a reception for filmmaker Kathy Douglas, an RN producing a film about the roles of nurses. The energy generated by the 25 nurses at the event was very positive and as Kathy spoke to the group about her motivation for the film, it was hard not to feel inspired.
At the . . . → Read More: What a difference 25 years makes!
The other day I was giving a presentation to a new client and his account management team. Following my presentation describing our services, our success with clients and how new referrals would work as we begin our new partnership, I was surprised when the company’s president interjected his summary to the room.
“We partnered with . . . → Read More: “For Betty and Her Team, It’s Personal.”