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Episode 5.2 – What is Palliative Care?
This week, Betty talks to two nursing colleagues about the confusion surrounding palliative care, a valuable and life-enhancing service not synonymous with hospice care.
Season 5, Episode 1
Season 5 starts with a cautionary tale about how getting a second opinion saved a man from getting an unnecessary procedure from an ethically questionable doctor.
The Gift of Showing Up
There are countless stories that we share at Guardian Nurses. Stories of our patients and their families, of nurses, of providers like nurse practitioners and physicians, and of other members of our big, confusing healthcare system. Given our role in our patients'...
Women’s Hearts Deserve More Than Chocolate and Roses
I don't know many women who would turn down roses or chocolate on Valentine's Day. But during Heart Month, after you deliver the roses and chocolate, let's talk about women's heart health. Many people believe that heart disease is 'only' a disease that affects men and...
Fighting Infection is in Your Hands
When you were growing up, how many times did your mother tell you to wash your hands? It was likely one of the early lessons our parents and teachers taught us. We know that feces (aka 'poop') from people or animals is an important source of germs. A single gram of...
Dr. Susan Hunt
For our final episode of season four, we talk to clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Hunt about strategies to get through the holidays — which can be a stressful time for many of us.
When healthcare systems break down, the consequences can be catastrophic. This week Betty speaks to Renee Pedro, a cancer patient who was taken to the ER by ambulance and left to sit for two days. Sadly, her experience is not unique.
SAD – Not Just an Adjective!
The Thanksgiving holiday typically signals the season of celebration and holidays---Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwaanza. But for many, the darker, colder days herald another type of period: one of fatigue, lethargy and depression. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD — a...
Betty and Jeneane Fitzmaurice, RN, BSN, talk about healthy strategies for people with diabetes during the sugar-filled holiday season. Good advice for everyone hoping for a healthier holiday!
Guardian Nurses Monica Nash and Lori Rivkin
What happens when your health insurance denies a claim? Can you fight back? Yes (!) say Guardian Nurses Monica Nash, RN, BSN and Lori Rivkin, RN, BSN in this week’s podcast.
What’s shingles? Who is likely to get it? Who should get the vaccine? This week, Betty talks to Briana Coughlin, PharmD., to learn all about it.
When Tiffany Sutphin was given three months to live, she contacted Guardian Nurse Andy Votendahl, RN, BSN, for help finding a hospice. Nurse Andy looked at her case and refused — helping to save Tiffany’s life as she supported her in her journey back to health.