“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…

“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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Don’t Quit Before You Start. January 23rd 2016

It's almost February.  New Year's Resolutions may be a distant memory. Research consistently proves that a small percentage of people who make resolutions actually achieve them—something like 10 to 12%–with most having abandoned them by the end of January.  Not exactly a recipe for success. We all have goals.  But often in our work lives, the…

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What About the Vending Machines? November 28th 2015

I always get a kick out of checking out the vending machines in hospitals, corporate offices (including health insurance companies), fitness facilities, and even schools.  Amidst the 'culture of wellness' that so many employers and school districts want to create, there in the break room, or the kitchen, stands a massive vending machine full of…

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