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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...

Annie Needs KIS (Keep It Simple): CPR in Crisis?

Our small town newspaper's headline screamed the story: "Baby Saved by CPR." Choking and turning blue, the infant had stopped breathing when a neighbor, trained in CPR, was able to appropriately...

Levels of Care 101: Nurses Help Caregivers

As my friend and I settled into a quick bite of lunch, I casually asked her, "So how are your parents getting along?" I knew she had been taking care of her elderly folks for several years. While...

Driving While Elderly

Two stories, same basic question. Story #1: Elderly gentleman, kyphosis with limited neck mobility, oxygen dependent, severe COPD, walker dependent, very mentally sharp but medically fragile- refuses...

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...

Vaccinations Rock! How to Get Parents to Think So

A few weeks ago a friend with a new grandchild whispered to me, "What am I going to do? My daughter doesn't want to get the baby vaccinated!" My dismay must have been evident as I spoke gently to...

A Pause at the Moment of Death: Your Thoughts

The patient came in by ambulance after a motor vehicle accident. His body was intact because the impact had not been severe, but it appeared he had had a medical event that precipitated the crash and...

New Year Nurse

"Happy New Year!" The greeting was frequent as I walked the halls of the hospital on the first day of the new year. As I exchanged greetings with those I passed by, I began to wonder about making...


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