How to Support Teenagers Caring for Chronically Sick Relatives
Teenagers caring for a sick loved one face many challenges. They need a lot of patience. Listen to their concerns and take them seriously. Over time, they will get into a routine and carry out their responsibilities.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Insight and Considerations for the Hospital Environment
With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, many hospitals are left scrambling to secure the resources necessary to protect their staff and provide care for the patients in the event of a local outbreak.
Advance Medical Directives: Questions and Answers
An Advance Medical Directive is a tool to express values and beliefs with respect to health care decisions and preferences for health care while you are able to make such decisions for yourself, and to assign authority to a selected representative when you are no longer able to do so
Danger in the High-Volume Medical Practice Trend: How to Avoid the Ghost
Recently, a disturbing news story has come out regarding allegations of fraud against one of the nation’s largest MRI-reading companies. While the alleged fraud is shameful, the underlying story is that the modern healthcare industry has a perverse incentive structure.
Why a Good Doctor-Patient Relationship Is Important
As insurance companies push to speed care and lower costs, the doctor-patient relationship has suffered. This is an important issue as it has been proven this relationship can have profound effects on care.
How a Simple Touch Can Do Wonders for a Patient's Recovery
Many things can be interpreted from a simple touch. In the medical profession, touch is crucial. A healing and assuring touch can guide your patient towards progressive recovery.
Is Concierge Medicine a Buzzword or a Real Trend in Healthcare?
Concierge medicine is a trend that's gaining steam in the healthcare field. What is it and what are its benefits?
Reframing My Cognitive Dissonance by Using Psychodynamic Theory
A little anecdote from one of my social work experiences where I was told off by a client. This is meant to be a bit amusing and if you are not familiar with social work, probably would seem a little confusing. If you do read it, I hope you can get a chuckle or two.
Bullying in the Nurseplace: How to Stop Eating Our Own
One of the first phrases a nursing student learns is "nurses eat their young." It was first used by nursing professor Judith Meissner in 1986. At least 85% of nurses have been bullied, according to research.
Obstetrical Nursing: The Good, Bad, and the Insanely Crazy
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse. Nursing did not end up being my college major/first career choice because I allowed others to direct my future. Once I finally took control of my dreams, I made becoming a registered nurse a reality. Here is my story; and it wasn't easy!
The Battle for Hospice and Choosing the Fight
Chronically ill patients are more complex than ever before, and while modern medicine is rapidly advancing to address chronic diseases and conditions, healthcare providers are failing to address patients' core values and quality of life until it is too late.
Case Study With Obstetric Soap Notes: Arrest of Dilation
This is the case of a multiparous women who desires an unmedicated birth without intervention. Includes a discussion of questions involving arrest of dilation.
Medication Non-compliance in the Elderly: Implications for Nursing Practice
Non-compliance with multiple medication use in the elderly is a large problem. While interventions exist, the research demonstrating efficacy is lacking, and barriers limit implementation implications.
High Demand for Nurses and 12-Hour Shifts Are Causing Burnout
Demand for nurses is high, and the pay and perks can be quite good, but long hours lead to increased stress that prevents nurses from doing their best and thriving in their careers.
How Do I Read That Statement I Just Got From My Health Insurance?
What is that statement you just received from your health insurance? It's called an Explanation of Benefits, or an EOB. Does it actually explain anything? Or does it just create confusion?
Professional Etiquette for the Certified Nurse's Aide
Nursing aides or assistants are an important part of the healthcare team. In this article, I will provide some helpful tips on how to do your job effectively and be a well-loved and respected aide.
A Day in the Life of an Anesthesiologist
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of patients before, during and after surgery. Whether the anesthetic is routine and easy or emergent and life-threatening, the anesthesiologist is with the patient the whole time they are in the operating room.