New Year; New Coast

At the end of each year, I like to reflect back on the memorable and occasionally, not-so-memorable moments and say a quiet prayer of thanks. This year, like many others before it, was a combination of heartache and joy. Professionally, this year was a whirlwind of...

Be Thankful.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means that there are millions of Americans planning and shopping for their annual holiday dinner. But though the food is part of the event, the holiday is also about saying ‘thanks’ and for (hopefully)...

TV Should Be Relaxing, Right?

If you want to appreciate how far medicine and nursing have come in the last century, watch a few episodes of Cinemax’s “The Knick” starring Clive Owen.  Just when I had gotten through watching PBS’s “Call the Midwife” along came a...

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

May 6th is the ‘official’ start of Nurses’ Week in the U.S.  And each year, the celebration ends on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  And so it is with each year, I celebrate and honor my fellow nurses for their intellect,...

Scooter Mania!

I barely ever noticed scooters.  In the mall, in a hospital, in my neighborhood.  Not the youthful scooters that teenagers zip around on, but the big, motorized ‘vehicles’ used by so many disabled adults.  Last week, though, while I was walking along the...

Follow the Money

My nursing colleagues and I often get into playful banter about healthcare issues. Frequently, the topic of care coordination or coordination of care comes up in our dialogues. My response? Follow the money. If I’m being paid by the hospital, what are the...