Mary’s Medicine: Hollywood Fringe Festival Production 2017

  Who would have ever thought a “Nurse” invented Ginger Ale aka Ginger Beer! I totally learned something new when I attended the production of Mary’s Medicine at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.   Nurses wearing their work scrubs home sick from an evening shift gather around a table. One nurse offers the other “Ginger ale” to calm her sick stomach. …

Nurse Burn Out: Is Codependency The Cause?

  “I have a great plan for you to make some extra money!”   My boss, a Pediatric Physician and businessman who owned his own private practice called me into his office one day to share his plan for me. It was my first job as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and I had been working for him for six months, …

Failure… Why It’s Good for You!

One nice thing about failure is when you go through it at the end you can sort of take stock and say: “OK, that was a failure. And it wasn’t that bad.” — Moby     Failure… It’s one of those things that nobody every talks about. The reality is, if no one ever failed, there would never be any …

America’s Healthcare Is On Life Support

America’s healthcare is on life support. The current lawmakers should not be sitting at a table and making laws about healthcare policies. Why? Because they have no idea what they are talking about!   Would you ask a first year surgical resident to open some ones skull and perform brain surgery? Would you ask a New Grad RN to take …

Storytellers vs. Key Note Speakers… What’s The Difference

  Conferences all seem to follow the same recipe. Opening night cocktails in a large room surrounded by vendors. Then there’s networking and connecting with old friends, alumni, and some enemies.   Opening day, there’s a Public Key Note Speaker who has probably published a book and has over 1.1 million Instagram followers. This is how the last conference I …

Enhancing Job Interviews Through Storytelling

  The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story. -Anthony de Melo     “After a year of misdiagnosis due to a chronic nonproductive cough, a 30 yr. old female patient with a positive PPD gets thrown into the county hospitals ICU in isolation for 2 weeks. They tell her the chest x-ray is “bad.” They …

“Toxic Nurse”: How To Handle Difficult Co-Workers And People

  “Those days were terrible on the unit. I wasn’t such a nice person. I’m sorry I was so nasty to you!”     I bumped into an old co-worker one day. Tears, a plea of forgiveness, and an offering of chocolate followed her words. It was October, and I was shopping for Halloween candy at the local Kmart when …

The Power Of Storytelling: Nurses Saving Lives

Jimmy Kimmel brought the media world to it’s empathetic knees with his tearful personal story about a “Nurse” assessing his newborn son’s color was blue tinged instead of the normal newborn pink. She quickly took action, which saved the newborn’s life. He was later diagnosed with Tetralogy Of Fallot and treated at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. It was a great …

Hospital Romance

  In pop culture, nurses find love, marriage and passion at work. Here is the real story. BY ERSILIA POMPILIO, RN, MSN, PNP SCENE: After resuscitating a car crash victim, handsome doctor Doug Ross (George Clooney) and attractive head nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) embrace—and soon find themselves sharing their first kiss. “I shouldn’t have,” whispers Ross apologetically. “Well, you …