“Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus” March 31st 2018

Through our work with patients at Guardian Nurses, my team and I have interacted with thousands of healthcare professionals over 15 years.  And people being people, we occasionally run into a rotten apple, someone who has a sour attitude or is dismissive or confrontational.  But this week, one of our nurses shared a story about…

Three days in the ICU can wear out a kitty cat. February 11th 2018

I have had plenty of hospital admissions of my own as well as friends and loved ones. Coming home and getting in your own bed is one of the best feelings in the world. So why was I surprised when last night, my 16 year old cat, Graycie, climbed out of her carrier, took three…

Meeting Patients Where They Are January 16th 2018

One of the more difficult challenges a nurse (or healthcare professional) faces is to meet a patient where they are.  Not geographically, of course, but emotionally.  I learned this lesson far too young when my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I was just 23. I was not a nurse then so I had…

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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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