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Let’s Talk About Dry January

Let’s Talk About Dry January

Happy New Year!!! I'm not sure if it is a good sign or a bad sign that the first time I heard about "Dry January" was one week ago! Apparently, Dry January began in 2012 as an initiative by Alcohol Change UK, a British non-profit, to 'ditch the hangover, reduce the...

Men Get Breast Cancer, Too!

Men Get Breast Cancer, Too!

While men account for less than 1% of breast cancer diagnoses, 1 in 833 men will get breast cancer at some point during their lives. Guardian Nurses Nurse Advocate Charlotte Jaroma, BSN, RN, recently shared her brother’s story on the Lighting Your Way Podcast to...

6.12 A Very Bad Primary Care Provider

6.12 A Very Bad Primary Care Provider

In our Season 6 finale, Bianca Pollart, RN, BSN, shares a doozy of a cautionary tale about how a primary care provider who doesn’t listen to you can harm your health and well-being.

Don’t Go Home for the Holidays – Until You Read This!

Don’t Go Home for the Holidays – Until You Read This!

For many years as a young adult, I greeted the winter holiday season with trepidation. It took many years to figure out that I was the one in charge of managing my 'holiday' stress. But then again, I have never been hospitalized during Christmas. That brings a whole...

6.10 A Profiled Patient

6.10 A Profiled Patient

This week, we hear from Samantha Salerno, RN, BSN, who tells us all about a case in which a patient’s treatment for a painful condition was delayed — because his doctors and nurses made assumptions based on his tattoos.

6.9 Substance Use and Mental Health

6.9 Substance Use and Mental Health

This week, Betty speaks with her colleague Samuel Hirst, RN, BSN, about working with patients who have substance use and mental health issues. He also offers powerful advice for families and friends who want to support loved ones who are struggling with addiction.

6.8 A Catastrophic Discharge

6.8 A Catastrophic Discharge

After lengthy and complex hospital stays, follow-up care is exceedingly important. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients and their families to head home without a full understanding of what they are supposed to do next. This week’s episode highlights the work of Diane Bassett, RN, who recently helped a patient set up home care, find a primary care physician, and set up appointments with specialists after a patient was discharged without clear instructions after a catastrophic accident.

What a Difference a Nurse Makes

What a Difference a Nurse Makes

November brings the holiday of Thanksgiving and with it, reminders for us all to give thanks for the blessings in our lives, however small. Besides my friends, family, good health and chocolate chip cookies, I am most grateful for my nursing colleagues at Guardian...

6.7 Hospice Care Improves Lives

6.7 Hospice Care Improves Lives

Tonya Niverson, RN, BSN, shares a story about how choosing to enter hospice care can make a remarkably positive difference in how patients and their loved ones experience the progression of a terminal illness.