Scooter Mania! August 25th 2017

I barely ever noticed scooters.  In the mall, in a hospital, in my neighborhood.  Not the youthful scooters that teenagers zip around on, but the big, motorized ‘vehicles’ used by so many disabled adults.  Last week, though, while I was walking along the boardwalk in Atlantic City, it seemed like there was one every 100…

Send In the Clown April 19th 2017

Last week, I was accompanying a patient to a specialist visit when, as we were saying goodbye, I told him I had to go to the hospital next door to visit an in-patient.  His response?  “I’ll go with you.” Normally I would have politely, but adamantly declined this offer but both of these men were…

It’s All About the Danish. May 21st 2016

"You didn't bring breakfast," she said. This past week, I had been invited to speak to a group of RNs at a local hospital during their staff meeting.  I arrived around 8:30AM for the 9AM meeting and was greeted by the nurse who had invited me.  Though I had brought 25 warm, soft pretzels with me for…

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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 Stanford's Cancer Center South Bay, which opened last June, patients and family members from the Palo Alto campus, as well as a local community cancer practice, are on the 20-person Patient…

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Everyone Has a Story March 20th 2016

I saw "Lady in the Van" today. It's the movie with Maggie Smith playing a homeless woman who lives in a van and is helped by a man who lets her and her van park in his London driveway.  For 15 years. The story, as it goes, is "mostly true" but is based on a…

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We’re Number One! No, We Are…. March 16th 2016

Have you noticed where certain high-profile, nationally acclaimed healthcare facilities are partnering with local medical centers? In the last few years, I've read where the Cleveland Clinic (#1 for cardiac care) and a healthcare facility in Atlanta joined forces.  In 2013, Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center lent its name to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden.  More recently, Memorial Sloan…

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Not All of Us Have an Aunt Betty February 17th 2016

I don't mean to be brash or insensitive, but we are all going to die.  That's how life works.  So why not prepare for the inevitable?  I'm not talking about assisted suicide, euthanasia or anything like that.  I'm simply referring to "getting your affairs in order."  You know, if you're fortunate to have a life…

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Don’t Quit Before You Start. January 23rd 2016

It's almost February.  New Year's Resolutions may be a distant memory. Research consistently proves that a small percentage of people who make resolutions actually achieve them—something like 10 to 12%–with most having abandoned them by the end of January.  Not exactly a recipe for success. We all have goals.  But often in our work lives, the…

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Take a Seat. Please. January 18th 2016

Last week, I was talking with the wife of a hospitalized patient. Her husband, who has been in three different hospitals since Christmas Eve, had just had surgery and the surgeon came up to his room to speak with her.  She said to me, "He came in the room and sat down on the chair…

“That’s Sick.” November 23rd 2015

This past Saturday night, I was at a family event when my two 21 year old nephews were 'catching up' with each other.  Early in their conversation, of which I was part, one said to the other, "That's sick."  His response, "Definitely."  Meanwhile, "older" Aunt Betty and Aunt Kate, both nurses and both in jeopardy of losing…

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