Nurse Practice Act? C’MON……. September 09th 2012

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...

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The Day That Changed My Life May 22nd 2012

Thirty years ago today, May 23rd, my mom died after a four month "battle" with what doctors said was liver cancer.  Now that I know a little more (well, kind of...), I'm thinking it may have been pancreatic cancer.  Still,...

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A Trip Down Memory Lane February 11th 2014

Today I got a chance to walk down memory lane as I visited a patient at the same hospital where my mom was a patient 33 years ago.  As I got out of the elevator and turned to head toward...

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Happy Birthday, Mom. October 09th 2014

Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have been 94 had she not died of cancer at age 61.  It would not be dramatic or untruthful of me to say that there’s not a day that goes by when I...

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39 Patients for One RN? October 16th 2013

I was shopping after work today and got to chatting with another shopper in the department store. He saw my nametag identifying me as an RN and told me that he, too, was a nurse.  He shared with me that...

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Thanks for the Life Force. July 16th 2013

Tragedy happens every day.  It happens on an individual level.  Someone is diagnosed with a terminal cancer and has no insurance coverage.  It happens on a community level.  A family's home is burned to the ground and though there is...

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The Mustard Moment July 25th 2013

Two weeks ago, one of our patients died after a year-long battle with cholangiocarcinoma.  She was only 50 years old and left behind her husband of 25 years and her 2 teenage daughters.

Yesterday, I called her husband to check in...

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Recognizing Mother’s Day May 12th 2012

Many years ago, I lost my mother to cancer.  She was 61, I was 23.  In the early years after her death, Mother's Day was a cruel reminder of my life-altering loss, particularly as most of my friends went back...

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Happy Nurses’ Week 2012 May 06th 2012

And so we've come again to National Nurses' Week!  When all attention (at least at Guardian Nurses) is directed toward the amazing work done by nurses!!  Happy Nurses' Week to all of my nursing colleagues!  And thank you for all your...

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Caregiver Burnout: Preparation and Pitfalls September 15th 2011

Taking on the task of care giving can be challenging but rewarding. If you are an adult child who is the primary caregiver for an elderly parent, the best thing you can do is take care of yourself. If you...

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