TV Should Be Relaxing, Right? June 03rd 2018

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...

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“Now you’ll be interviewing with one of our patients.” April 19th 2016

What a fabulous idea! Who better than to 'test' a candidate for a job at a cancer center than a patient?  After all, patients know best!!

At...

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$400 Per Night and Still No Benadryl Ointment!! July 30th 2012

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...

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Do You Have a “Hospital Fantasy?” October 21st 2011

Do you have a hospital fantasy?  No, not the one involving Dr. McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy.  The one where you want to be admitted to the hospital for a little rest and relaxation. 

I read a piece on the Huffington Post...

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A Tale of Two Case Managers October 07th 2011

With thanks to Charles Dickens and his 1859 novel, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  Surely, his words could be applied to our country’s healthcare system.  But never was it so apparent (this week)...

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Remember Back Rubs and Showers? September 12th 2011

Many years ago, I worked night shift in a critical care unit. After giving patients their medications, completing my nursing assessment, and answering any questions, it was routine to ask "Would you like a back rub before you go to...

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Discharge Instructions: Why You Should Pay Attention July 31st 2011

Did you know that more than a third of patients leaving the hospital ignore their discharge instructions and don’t seek the follow up care they need?

Ok, maybe ignore is too strong a word. Maybe the instructions were very rushed. Maybe...

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