When SMYS happened, I was pretty shocked. I was so excited to unite so many healthcare providers in one virtual place! I assembled an engaged, intelligent admin team. I started thinking about our options for advocacy, because I knew that this huge group of healthcare providers would want to do things to advance healthcare. Most… Continue reading I’m just here for the cat memes
Today, a member of #showmeyourstethoscope posted a picture that made me go…HUH? Nancy Compton posted this with a ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ sort of quote. The members naturally chimed in and we all laughed….and it struck me that WAY more was wrong with this picture than the obviously fake medical procedure going on… Continue reading The Healthcare Team, and why it ISN’T
You know, I have been a little down lately. My ‘brilliant’ idea seemed to be degenerating into a bunch of arguments about religion, vaccinations, and ‘howCanIpossiblyMakethisSomethingThatWillOffendMe?’ I know that all popular online communities go through the initial surge of memberships, the camaraderie and honeymoon phase, the marriage counseling phase, the drunken, vicious fight phase……..well, you… Continue reading We have a future. I cannot wait to see it.
A story for students about an ostomy patient from your friendly blogger: When I was an ER Nurse, I was the ostomy whisperer. My coworkers HATED them, and I didn’t mind a whole lot. Also, I used to work SICU so I dealt with them a lot. I had a patient who showed up at the… Continue reading Ostomy blues
We set up a petition for adequate mental health care in the US. In the wake of the shooting in Oregon, I feel like this is the right thing to do. We need 100,000 signatures and you have to confirm by email. Please share everywhere. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allocate-funding-states-construction-long-term-psychiatric-inpatient-care-seriously-ill
How does one respond to such an act of wanton cruelty and disregard for human life? With tears, in my case. All of those people killed, the children, parents, and grandparents, how do their relatives go on after this sort of thing? My son was killed in an accident and there are days I cannot… Continue reading My Response to Oregon
But how much pain are they in? Let’s talk about hospice. I have never worked in hospice. I have been part of many ‘terminal weans’ in the ICU, and part of less planned ‘holy-crap’ deaths in both the ER and the ICU. Hospice is not something I have ever been remotely interested in. Until my… Continue reading It’s so painful to let them go…