The Power Of Storytelling In Patient Care

    The Best Stories Happen To People Who Can Tell Them -Ira Glass “Blood! No, I don’t want blood. I’m fine after the IV, when can I go home?” These were the words uttered by my mother after her admission into the Kaiser Resort on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. I received a call from her at 7 am stating, …

Why Nurses Would Make The Best Journalists

    Every now and then, I hear from a young person who wants advice on how to start a career as a health journalist, and I’m never able to help. It’s embarrassing. Though I’ve been at this for a frightfully long time, I went the usual newspaper route of covering cops and zoning boards until the medical writer’s job …

2017 Healthcare Apocalypse: What Nurses Need To Do To Save Healthcare

It’s 2017. The Affordable Care Act aka ‘Obama care’ is on the Republican’s chopping blocks. Birth control coverage is evaporating. Stricter laws on abortion in states are getting passes. And actuaries are trying to control health care through predictive modeling! A healthcare apocalypse is on the horizon.   Watching what goes on in healthcare through the media seems like a …

When Nurses Smoked in Hospitals

There was a time when nurses lit up in break rooms, when there was an ashtray on every patient’s nightstand, and when nurses and doctors figured prominently in cigarette advertising. Thankfully, those days are over. It is now against the law to smoke in workplaces, restaurants, and of course, in hospitals. On October 1, a new state law goes into …

An RN’s tale: Our little hospital ghost

It was 11:30 p.m. on a rainy Friday night. I had just given in to my scheduler’s pleas and agreed to cover a night shift in Pediatrics. The secretary looked up from her computer as I approached the nursing station. Then: “You’re late,” sneered the charge nurse. Before I could answer, she shoved a packet of papers in my face. …

A Day in the Life of an NP: The Struggle for Understanding

“I have strong reservations against Nurse Practitioners.” This statement was one of the first things that came out of my physician’s mouth when I told her I was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I was her patient sitting on the exam table, fully clothed while she clicked away on a computer, typing in questions I had just answered on a survey. …

The Most Haunted Hospital in America

An apparition of a woman walks down a narrow corridor, clad in a hospital gown, singing to herself while lugging an IV pole. A television mysteriously flips itself on in the middle of the night. Ominous creaking footsteps set your heart racing and then make your skin crawl when you slowly turn to see that no one is there. We’ve …

Do TV Nurses Represent You?

“Healing, helping, fixing—fantastic! That’s why you’re a nurse. When I was a little girl, I took a butter knife and opened up a dead bunny. That’s why I’m a doctor!” — dialogue from the pilot of Nurse Jackie This scene between the title character of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and her physician sidekick is a rare example of Hollywood capturing what …

Social Media Can Cure You Or Make You A Hypochondriac

“Nurses are not on Social Media! It’s only for people in Hollywood!“ Those were the words uttered at a professional organization meeting I attended a few years ago. I was trying to beef up the organizations social media presence. Specifically on twitter. A few weeks after the meeting and comment, several million nurses took to social media and twitter when …