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World Hospice & Palliative Care Day- Oct 13 Taking Stock of Where We Are

I checked my phone as it buzzed with a text message: "Dad's in the ER." Heart sinking, I replied to my friend, Martha, "What's up?" She went on to explain that her dad, a long term Alzheimer's...

The Nurse Optimist

The Nurse Optimist Being on the consumer side of nursing is eye-opening. As they wheeled my mother back to the holding area, I walked beside her, ready to take her hearing assistance devices once...

A Cry for Help: How to Be the Best Advocates Possible for our Patients

I heard her yelling as I walked down the hall of the Neuro ICU toward her room. As her Parish Nurse, I had visited the 90 year old Nancy on multiple occasions in her home, then in the assisted living...

Learning to Talk

The doctor walked into the exam room where the patient sat on the edge of the exam table. In her late 50's, she was slender and held herself erect, tense as if preparing to slide off that...

Utilization Review Nurse: Making It Clear

Utilization Review Nurse: Making It Clear In today's world, we hear a lot about utilization review, prior approvals, allowable days, meeting criteria and many other phrases that are bandied about...

When the Patient Refuses Hospice

George stepped out of the hospital room and shut the door softly behind him. As his Faith Community Nurse, I had just stopped by to check in and asked him if it might be a good time to talk. "She...

Church Health Clinic: Making it Work

"I don't know what I've done in my life to deserve the level of kindness and caring I've received here. Saying thank you is not enough." "My health and well-being matter." "They're at the top of...

Nurses Smoking: Compassion Instead of Judgement

My friend excused herself after a long meeting. I knew where she was going-to the cold parking deck, to get in her car, to have a cigarette, to still her craving so she could get back to work and...

Renewed Passion and Dedication to Nursing Profession

Renewed Passion and Dedication to Nursing Profession Do you ever feel depleted like you might have lost some of your passion and dedication to the nursing profession? How can we combat that...

Nurse Mentors: A Mantra for Life

While out walking in my neighborhood, a young woman I know who graduated 6 months ago, caught up with me and we started walking together. After catching up with her news of being a new hire at the...

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda As I logged off my computer for the day, I sighed deeply and then wondered at myself. It had been a good day, really good actually. Why was I feeling burdened and guilty?...

Parish Nurse in Transition

The Parish Nurse in Transition When Granger Westberg started Parish Nursing back in the mid-80's, medicine was very different than it is now: EMRs were unheard of, people had long hospital stays...

Data Collection Nurse: What's Up With That?

As my friend, Julie, and I settled into a booth at a local coffee shop with our steaming brews, we chatted about our work. She told me about her contract work as a Data Collection Nurse. "The best...

Teen Mental Health: Problem Prevention

When 17 year old Jordan Binion died from suicide, his parents, Deborah and Willie Binion, were devastated. The fact that he had been suffering from mental health issues prior to his death made the...

Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Help?

Ed called me to ask if we could have coffee and talk. As his long-term friend and a Faith Community Nurse, I was happy to oblige and we set up a time. When we got together he told me the difficult...


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