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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Saying Goodbye to 2012. December 28th 2012

Like alot of folks at this time of year, I am taking some time to look back on 2012 and 'close the books,' as it were, on the year.  As Oprah once commented, 'every January 1st we get another shot at doing things right.'  And so here we go….the countdown to 2013 begins.  I'd like…

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New Year’s Thoughts and Reminders December 31st 2012

Though it comes the same time every year, the New Year's holiday evokes anxiety in people who feel the need to "make resolutions" as they approach the new year.  I take a different approach.  Think of your resolution as a suggestion.  Don't put so much pressure on yourself. For those of us working in the world…

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HIPAA GONE WILD! February 2nd 2013

In the course of our work at Guardian Nurses, we often (ok, every day) have to deal with the federal healthcare privacy law called HIPAA.  Since we are working on behalf of patients, we need to get their written authorization that we can speak with their clinical providers and request records from facilities.  Patients easily…

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“Patient Centered Care? Absolutely! I’ll Get to That Right After My Meeting.” February 17th 2013

Through the years of healthcare innovation and reform, even going as far back as the 1990's, one of the favorite rallying cries of administrators is delivering and offering "patient centered care."  When I first heard the phrase, as a manager in an acute care hospital, I thought, "Um, isn't that what we WERE delivering?"  I couldn't…

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