“Our nurses don’t give medical information.” March 19th 2013

Recently, it seems like we've had a flurry of facilities whose staff has been unwilling, for one reason or another, to speak with our nurse advocates over the phone.  Last week, I was asked to intervene in a case where our nurse advocate was having difficulty getting information DESPITE a signed authorization and consent on…

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Boston Bomber #2 Taken to Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center April 20th 2013

When I heard that the 19 y/o suspect had been apprehended and, because of his injuries, had been taken to the hospital, I thought, "Oh brother, God bless the hospital staff that will be treating and caring for him."  Amidst all the public sentiment surrounding the terrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon, and the ensuing…

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Happy Nurses’ Week! May 12th 2013

I love Nurses' Week.  It is only fitting that every year since 1954,  the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingales' mission to the Crimean War, the nursing community is celebrated.  Nurses' WEEK begins on May 6th (since 1982) and runs the full week, ending on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. I love Nurses' Week and I…

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Great Day at the PA Conference for Women! October 3rd 2012

There I sat, amidst close to 6,000 women attendees at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, listening to Arianna Huffington give her keynote presentation during lunch.   What a pleasant surprise it was to hear her remarks!  At times serious, then humorous, and back to serious again, I was impressed with her articulate, insightful comments about women…

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Six Lessons for Nurse Advocates September 22nd 2012

Many thanks to the planning committee and volunteers who made the 2012 RN-AIM (Registered Nurse Association in Michigan) Annual Conference a smashing success!  This year's theme for the conference, on September 20th and 21st, was "Nurse As Advocate" and I was honored to be invited to give the keynote presentation to kick off the meeting. My…

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Nurse Practice Act? C’MON……. September 9th 2012

We recently had a case in California which required us to frequently communicate telephonically with the nursing staff.   We had the required signed HIPAA release on the chart (multiple times, in fact, as it continued to get 'lost') as well as the family's verbal authorization to speak on their behalf with the clinical team.  Unfortunately,…

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The Day That Changed My Life May 22nd 2012

Thirty years ago today, May 23rd, my mom died after a four month "battle" with what doctors said was liver cancer.  Now that I know a little more (well, kind of…), I'm thinking it may have been pancreatic cancer.  Still, 30 years ago today.  So officially, I've been alive longer without my mom than with…

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There but for the Grace of God… May 31st 2012

My mom was not a religious woman.   A woman of faith, yes.  But a quiet faith that wasn't flashy or 'in your face.'  And through the years of raising her children, six in all, she was known to spout off a zinger, a memorable quote.  One that has come to mean more to me as an…

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A Promise I’m Glad I Kept. June 12th 2012

Earlier this year, I made a promise to myself that I would schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.  After all, as I have shared with you before in other venues, my childhood vacations on the beach at Wildwood, NJ were often marred with an enthusiastic sunburn.  And it's also quite likely that years of playing…

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Lying June 26th 2012

I do not 'get' lying.  Never have, never will.  I have been a nurse for more than 25 years, clearly most of my adult life.  To my knowledge, there is not much lying in nursing, or in healthcare, for that matter.  Peoples lives are at stake.  Tends to change the dynamic a bit.  When people lie,…

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