Social Media & Healthcare Providers: We Need to Dive In

Social media can be overwhelming for those who are new to it and its various formats; however, we all need to learn to use social media effectively in order to remain current with healthcare information.  Twitter is faster than journal deliveries and it provides up-to-date access on the topics that interest you. Here are some tips I’ve learned…

Mom’s Home from the Hospital! Now What?

When we talk about healthcare, we talk about holistic patient care: we treat the person, not just their condition. Well, if that’s the case, how can a woman in her eighties with hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and other health issues, who was recently admitted to the hospital for 7 days with a diagnosis of pneumonia, and…

Flint

Several years ago Matt Damon narrated a PBS program on the scarcity of clean running water around the world. The program focused on developing countries, countries with severe political turbulence and in some cases, countries or factions at war. While my recollection of the program isn’t the best, there is one statement I clearly remember….

The One Thing You Need to Survive in Nursing

What’s the one thing you need to survive in nursing? It’s actually something that’s not taught in nursing school, yet it’s the most basic of all human instincts: self-preservation. Instinctively, we do things that protect our bodies, minds, and spirits. Newborns need to be cared for and nurtured but, as we mature, we instinctively act to preserve…

Sometimes You Just Have to Play!

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation“ ∼ Plato* Recently, I read an article about play. Yes. That’s right, play: that thing we use to do when we were kids. It’s funny how as we grow into adulthood we learn so much, and yet, we lose certain…

Is There Anything Good About the Nursing Shortage?

By now we’re all familiar with the much-documented, much-discussed nursing shortage: By the year xxxx, we will need xxxx nurses. The numbers vary based on government statistics and authors’ calculations, but it’s the concept that matters here: A significant gap between nurses needed and the actual number of nurses in the workforce will emerge in the…

How to Reach Fitness Goals: All-Star Athlete Not Required

During my youth I mistakenly equated health with athletic ability. I had little to no athletic ability. I was the last girl chosen to be on any team sport in gym, the subject that always prevented me from getting straight As. I don’t come from an athletic or a physically active family, and healthy eating…

While You’re Alive, Live!

  Last Friday I accompanied my soon-to-be 81 year old mother to a birthday celebration dinner at the Sands Hotel & Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. An invitation to an event hosted by casino executives can only come about after years of a player’s contribution to maintaining such a fine establishment. In other words, years of my…

Violence Against Nurses: The Surge in Brutality Against Direct Care Providers

  Two weeks ago The New York Times published an article entitled A Chinese Nurse Resigns, Bidding Farewell to Her Florence Nightingale Dream. The article focused on one nurse’s experience with violence from patients and patients’  families, a major problem for healthcare providers in China. The nurse in this article left nursing because of the ongoing exposure to violence. A…

13 Tips on The Path to Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

Earlier this week,  a young woman interested in becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner (NP) reached to to me on Twitter  (@MedhealthEd) seeking tips and advice In  pursuit of this career path. This blog entry is for anyone interested in entering advance practice nursing. Before I do that however, I’d like to commend Jamya for seeking advice…