Prescription Drug Use on the Rise November 6th 2015

More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs, a new study finds.  But most of the top 10 drugs are for preventable conditions. 59% of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51% in 1999-2000. For the study, published Nov. 3rd in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the researchers used data…

When Did Everyone Get So Young? August 29th 2015

OK, I know I'm getting older and it's been a while since I graduated from nursing school, but when did all the staff nurses (and physicians) get so young?? Over the last few months, I have had many occasions to visit patients in hospitals.  Not just one, but several different facilities in various states. Yes,…

Maybe We Should See a Veterinarian? June 20th 2015

I'm always interested in hearing stories about the healthcare system.  Good and not so good. This past week, a friend shared with me her recent story about interacting with the healthcare system.  And it made me think maybe we should forget medical doctors and sign up with our pet's veterinarian. Each year, Debbie (c'mon, not…

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Health Care Transparency–The Incredible Journey February 27th 2015

Transparency.  Officially defined by Merriam Webster as "the quality that makes something obvious or easy to understand." Transparency in health care.  Might as well (affectionately) refer to it as the Incredible Journey.    There are many efforts going on currently that seek to create price transparency in health care.  Call me crazy but making the pricing of health care 'something…

We Grieve Because We Care. February 6th 2015

Last week, three of our patients died.  Two deaths were not "surprises" as both patients had terminal cancer.  The other patient committed suicide so yes, his death was unexpected for everyone.  As nurses, we know that death is part of life and depending on our nursing careers, we are often well acquainted with losing a…

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Create Your Own Personal Health Record January 21st 2015

Let’s face it. The more doctors you see, the more medical files you have. And the more scattered your medical records are, the higher your risk of drug errors, missed diagnoses, and other potentially dangerous glitches. The solution? Keep a set of your own personal health records at home. It just makes good sense. We…

Happy and Healthy New Year! December 31st 2014

When I turned on my computer this morning, the image on my desktop was a gorgeous sunset amidst a sky with a few thin, wispy clouds and the blue gray waters of an ocean. The contrasting colors of the golden sky lit up by the setting sun atop the receding waves jetted my memory back…

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I Love Serendipity. May 20th 2012

Who around us hasn't had the experience where you thought, "Wow, I don't know why that just happened, but I'll chalk it up to serendipity."  OK, maybe exactly those thoughts, but close enough. There are alot of other synonyms for serendipity—-luck, karma, fate, destiny.  Regardless of what you call it, it works! Yesterday, a gorgeous…

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Next Storm? Protect Your Loved One Who Has Dementia November 25th 2012

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  Several weeks ago, many of us and our families were in the midst of dealing with Hurricane (aka Super Storm) Sandy and her destructive aftermath. Days without power or heat, homes destroyed by flooding and fallen trees, and communications limited by our cable, internet and phone providers.  And this was for folks…

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Just in Case Grandma DOESN’T Get Run Over by a Reindeer… December 16th 2012

The traditional holiday season is once again upon us.  Malls are jammed with shoppers, Santa look-a likes are everywhere, and thousands of ovens crank out home-made cookies, pies, and breads.  Meanwhile, in neighborhoods everywhere, menorahs and Christmas lights blaze into the night.    We love the holidays because they tend to bring out the best…

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