37 Years Later May 21st 2019

I was a college senior, in my last semester of school, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She died four months later, in May. Her death changed my life because though I did graduate with a degree in Journalism, as I write this, it is 37 years later, and I have been a registered…

Guardian Nurses Gets a New HQ! May 1st 2019

Tomorrow is move-in day to our new HQ. After 16 years of helping and supporting patients and families through the healthcare maze, we get to move in to what we’ll call home. I can hardly believe it. Though we settled on the building in late February, we have been doing renovations since and the time…

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Saying Goodbye to Two Furry Friends. March 3rd 2019

As of this writing, my two almost-eighteen-year-old cats, Connor and Graycie, are on hospice.  Yes, hospice.  For cats. Who knew?  They’ve been ‘on’ hospice for one year as I made the decision not to hospitalize Graycie again last February after her emergent three-day admission for congestive heart failure.   Throughout this year, both of them have…

Be a Mentor. January 7th 2019

I guess I’m old enough now.  Old enough.  Wise enough.  Experienced enough to mentor a young person.  Though I have been coaching and mentoring nurses here in my role at Guardian Nurses for many years, I have been co-coaching a 9 year old girls’ basketball team for the last two years and it’s brought me…

Where Does the Time Go? November 21st 2018

It has been said that if you find a job that you love, you’ll never ‘work’ another day in your life. Thankfully, I found Guardian Nurses.  OK, well I founded Guardian Nurses, but why split hairs? I remember well the ‘early days’ of the company when I was supported by two of my nursing friends…

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If I Win the Lottery October 21st 2018

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot, as of this writing, is valued at $1.6 BILLION dollars.  That is A-L-O-T of money any way you slice it even after Uncle Sam takes his share. At a recent lunch, two friends and I were musing what we would do with “all that money.”  Carol, being the long-time bank…

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The Pose September 8th 2018

Have you ever noticed the ‘pose’ that alot of doctors, hospital administrators, and ok, alot of business people strike in photos?  You know—the one where the person is standing up, facing the camera with both arms crossed in front of them, and depending on how much confidence is being conveyed, a smile that says “I…

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The Men, The Mission and Me. July 15th 2018

I was reading an article this morning that said, “Healthcare organizations need to focus more than ever on patient-centered care. Patient satisfaction metrics will play a bigger role in reimbursements as healthcare reform progresses.” Hmmm, I thought, “need to focus more than ever on patient-centered care….” I don’t know about the healthcare organizations’ CEOs or…

“The Knick” Helps Me Appreciate Health Care Today July 15th 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 a recommendation from a nursing friend to check out the hospital drama based in New…

TV Should Be Relaxing, Right? June 3rd 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 a recommendation from a nursing friend to check out the hospital drama based in New…

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