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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Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! May 6th 2018

May 6th is the ‘official’ start of Nurses’ Week in the U.S.  And each year, the celebration ends on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  And so it is with each year, I celebrate and honor my fellow nurses for their intellect, their compassion, and their dedication to what has become the most trusted…

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“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…

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