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 …

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 …